Buveur D’Air back with a bang in Fighting Fifth

Buveur D'Air was never extended in his racecourse return

Buveur D'Air made a convincing seasonal debut when easily landing the odds in the Unibet Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Last season's Champion Hurdle hero went off the 1-6 favourite and Nicky Henderson's six-year-old promptly outclassed his four rivals.

Katgary and Mirsaale shared the early running, before Buveur D'Air jumped into the lead at the third-last flight and cantered to victory under a motionless Barry Geraghty.

Irving, two-time winner of the Grade One contest, was flattered by being only three and a half lengths behind in second place. Flying Tiger was third.

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