Classy D’Air grinds out success

Buveur D'Air eventually stamped his class on Warwick's Local Parking Security Novices' Chase under Aidan Coleman.

Trainer Nicky Henderson: Has a lot to look forward to with Buveur D'Air

Rerouted to the West Midlands following the abandonment of Haydock's meeting on Friday, Nicky Henderson's five-year-old – one of the best novice hurdlers last season – was sent off the odds-on favourite at 30/100 on the back of an impressive chasing debut win, but his second fencing success arrived in slightly more workmanlike fashion.

Aidan Coleman settled the market leader in third as Gino Trail cut out the running closely followed by Gala Ball, and a slick jump four out saw him move onto the heels of the leader.

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However, there was a brief moment of concern as he came together with Gala Ball on the turn into the straight, while a less than fluent leap two fences from the finish also put Buveur D'Air on the back foot slightly as Kerry Lee's nine-year-old Gino Trail, who was conceding 6lb to the winner, continued to find plenty in front.

The last fence was more straightforward for favourite-backers as he jumped alongside and although not visually impressive in getting on top for a two and a quarter-length verdict on the run-in, Buveur D'Air was strong at the line.

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Sky Bet cut the winner to 10/1 from 12s for the Arkle and left him unchanged at 6/1 for the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "Buveur D'Air could be in line for a step up in trip on this evidence as he took a little while to exert his superiority but it was hard to be overly impressed so we've left him at 6s for the JLT.

"He's now 10/1 for the Arkle but stablemate Altior looks a much likelier contender for the two-mile championship."

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