BUVEUR D’AIR is one in all simply seven entries for the Betfred “Helps Jack Beery Home” Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.
Nicky Henderson’s reigning champion hurdler received this race final yr earlier than victory at Cheltenham.
He regarded nearly as good as ever when successful the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and will probably be odds-on so as to add one other victory to his CV.
Henderson has additionally entered Name Me Lord, in addition to the veteran Cool Macavity.
Final yr’s Triumph Hurdle hero Defi Du Seuil is entered, though he seems sure for Leopardstown and a tilt at Saturday’s BHP Insurance coverage Irish Champion Hurdle.
Evan Williams hopes to see if John Constable can earn himself a shot on the Champion Hurdle with an excellent run.
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Williams said: “John Constable is well and the plan is to run him in the Listed race at Sandown.
“If it gets called off or goes heavy, we will look at the Morebattle at Kelso (February 15), but I would say he will end up at Sandown on Saturday.
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“The horse ran really well at Cheltenham on that soft ground and in that grade. If he runs well on his next start, he will come back to Cheltenham for the Champion Hurdle.
“He is a different horse on that spring ground.”
Pingshou, who won a Grade 1 at Aintree last spring, could make his seasonal reappearance for Colin Tizzard.
Claire Dyson’s Cap’N would be a huge outsider and completes the potential field.