JP McManus celebrates magnificent seventh Champion Hurdle wins at Cheltenham

Buveur D'Air is the sixth horse to win the Champion Hurdle a couple of times.

The festival showpiece, the Gold Cup, is held on Friday.

Victory would also see Altior join the Cheltenham greats as one of the elite horses to have won at three successive National Hunt Festivals.

Seven-year-old Buveur D'Air's only defeat in ten starts over hurdles had come when third to stablemate Altior in the 2016 Supreme Novices'. That has, seemingly, been put to bed thanks to the sterling work of Henderson's farrier and vet, but the punters still seem to be a little wary of Altior, despite having seen him coast to success in his prep race at Newbury last month. He was headed but Barry was always happy.

Geraghty, who missed last year's Festival through injury, said: "It was a proper race".

"He didn't blow up, but he had a blow afterwards". He is young horse and he has done everything right the whole way.

Rather boringly, Elliott's top boy for the big occasion is now going for the same race he won previous year, the Cross Country Chase (4.10), and I fancy him to go well again when it matters before going on to Aintree for the Grand National, in which he finished runner-up last April.

"We have four weeks until Aintree, so we could go back there again if there is soft ground in the going description".

"It was terrific performance from Melon and it's vindicated what we thought of him".

With his stable companion Charli Parcs ensuring a sound gallop alongside the 2015 champion Faugheen, Buveur D'Air was given a nice lead into the race and although his jumping was not as sure-footed as usual, he arrived on the scene travelling powerfully after jumping the second flight from the finish.

"There was nowhere to hide".

Nicky Henderson's French import made a mockery of an opening mark of 137 at Huntingdon in January and knuckled down well to follow up in last month's Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown, seeing off subsequent victor Cyrname. His rider Felix de Giles is very good, so why not a long-awaited French win in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase?

With conditions set to be testing this will take some getting and I'll be favouring the battle hardened horses over some of the more lightly raced ones at the top of the market. He scrapped it out today; he's been flashy all season because he hasn't had to deal with much, but today he had opposition and he lived up to it. He found what was needed.

"We didn't plan on that mistake, the first one down the back, but it hasn't done my heart any good".

I like BLACK CORTON (FR) in the G1 RSA Novices' Chase and I think he's overpriced considering he's done nothing wrong this winter.

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