Four take on Buveur D’Air in Fighting Fifth
As he bids to win the most Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle to the third successive year at Newcastle buveur D’Air is place to confront four rivals.
The eight-year-old ended the campaign on a high with success in the Punchestown variation in early May, although the dual Champion Hurdle hero might have fallen on in last season’s renewal at Cheltenham.
The most current assignment following his summer break of buveur D’Air is to try and give coach Nicky Henderson a sixth success from the Gosforth Park showpiece.
His main rival is very likely to be Silver Streak, that outran his chances of 80-1 to fill third position behind the ill-fated Espoir D’Allen at the Champion Hurdle.
Evan Williams’ stable star enjoyed a triumph at Kempton on his reappearance six weeks back at a Listed contest.
Adam Wedge, who believes Silver Streak should not be under-estimated will rides him.
“It’s a big request. Clearly Buveur D’Air is a really good horse, however our lad deserves to take his opportunity at a Grade One,” Wedge told Sky Sports Racing.
“He exceeded all of our expectations this past year. We always hoped he would be a great horse, but he maintained progressing all of the time and unexpected us all of the way along.
“The first time out this season was a very good run and he appears to have filled out and exploded up again, so hopefully he can go forward.”
While Micky Hammond’s Cornerstone Lad takes the significant step up in class from disability business phil Kirby has opted to allow his admirable mare. Nelson River, trained by Tony Carroll, completes the quintet.