Buveur D'Air ready for Contenders Hurdle prep

Race reopened but two-mile king firmly on course

  • Monday 28 January
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Buveur D’Air is firmly on course to bid for a third successive victory in the 888Sport Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

The eight-year-old has used this Listed contest as a stepping-stone to claiming Champion Hurdle glory at Cheltenham in each of the last two seasons and Henderson is hoping history repeats itself.

Buveur D’Air will in March aim to become the sixth horse to claim the two-mile hurdling crown three times – and the first since another JP McManus-owned star in the mighty Istabraq.

Speaking at Kempton on Monday, Henderson said: “He is going to Sandown on Saturday. Barry (Geraghty) rode him work last Saturday and thought he was great.

“It’s tried and tested route. I don’t know who is going to turn up (against him).

“Let’s just hope the weather holds out.”

The Contenders Hurdle was reopened until Tuesday in a bid to attract further entries.

Henderson also provided an update a positive update on Might Bite.

Last season’s King George hero and Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up has appeared a shadow of his former self so far this term, most recently finishing seventh when defending his Kempton crown on Boxing Day.

However, he has since undergone a wind operation that the Seven Barrows handler hopes will help his charge bounce back to his brilliant best at Prestbury Park in March.

He added: “Might Bite is in good form and is now cantering away.

“We are all good – he is very much on course for Cheltenham.

“He won’t run before, but he will run there.”

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