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Racing: Bold entry for Juyush

Juyush, an impressive winner of a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot yesterday on his debut over timber, is among 50 entries for the Champion Hurdle published yesterday. Other leading first-season hurdlers attempting to emulate Alderbrook and Royal Gait by winning hurdling's Blue Riband in their novice year include Boardroom Shuffle, Istabraq and Sanmartino.

The Champion entries, headed by last year's winner, Collier Bay, are down by 16 on the initial entry stage 12 months ago, but are the second highest figure of the 1990s.

SMURFIT CHAMPION HURDLE (Cheltenham, 11 March) Entries: Beggars Banquet, Bimsey, Boardroom Shuffle, Castle Sweep, Chaprassi, Chief's Song, Cockney Lad, Collier Bay, Cotteir Chief, Dardjini, Dato Star, Dreams End, Edelweis Du Moulin, Embellished, Escartefigue, Eskimo Nel, Guest Performance, Hill Society, I'm Supposin, Indefence, Istabraq, Just Little, Juyush, Kayaara, Khayrawani, Large Action, Lear White, Make A Stand, Master Tribe, Mister Morose, Mistinguett, Moonax, Moorish, Mystical City, Paddy's Return, Pater Noster, Penny A Day, Pridwell, Relkeel, Right Win, Roll A Dollar, Romancer, Sanmartino, Space Trucker, Squire Silk, Storm Damage, Theatreworld, Tragic Hero, Urubande, Zabadi.