Buveur D’Air given Champion aim

Nicky Henderson has confirmed that Buveur D'Air, winner of both his novice chase starts this term, will be switched to hurdles and aimed at the Stan James Champion Hurdle.

Buveur D'Air (left) will return to hurdles on his next start

Writing in his blog for the Champion Hurdle sponsors, Henderson said that plans to run in the Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown on Saturday had been shelved in favour of a return to hurdles, over which he won a Grade One at Aintree last spring.

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"It has been decided that Buveur D'Air will not run in the Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown on Saturday and will instead revert to hurdles with a crack at the Stan James Champion Hurdle the main objective," said Henderson.

"Faugheen is still the best hurdler in Britain and Ireland and could still be tough to beat but it was a decision we had to make now and Barry Geraghty came and schooled him this morning and he jumped beautifully.

"He is a very good hurdler and has close form with Petit Mouchoir so it made sense to go back over timber. The Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso in two weeks' time is where he will next run."

Sky Bet cut Buveur D'Air to 6/1 for the Champion Hurdle, for which they offer non-runner, no bet.

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