DUAL Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air appears to be like to have scared off most of his rivals within the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day.
Nicky Henderson’s top-class hurdler will face a most of seven rivals within the Grade 1 contest at Kempton.
Buveur D’Air is lengthy odds-on to increase his profitable sequence and land back-to-back renewals of the competition.
His rivals may embrace stablemate Verdana Blue who was final seen on the Flat at Kempton however is a high-class mare in her personal proper.
Iain Jardine’s Bedrock brought about a shock when beating Samcro at Down Royal earlier within the season and can be an fascinating contender.
Ben Pauling is about to run World Citizen whereas Harry Fry’s If The Cap Suits may take a drop again in journey after profitable the Coral Hurdle at Ascot.
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Warren Greatrex’s Boite, Paul Nicholls’ Previous Guard and Dan Skelton’s Stowaway Magic full the potential area.
Grade 1 honours are additionally up for grabs within the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase which has attracted 12 entries with Henderson’s Santini the possible headline act.
The fashionable hurdler regarded the half on his chasing debut at Newbury and is about to return to the very best degree.
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Henderson also has Chef Des Obeaux and Mr Whipped in the mix, while Greatrex could run his prolific mare La Bague Au Roi.
Fry’s Bags Groove and The Worlds End, trained by Tom George, are other possibles in what promises to be a fascinating affair.