14:05 Newcastle Sat 30 November 2019
Dual Champion Hurdle and Fighting Fifth winner; most impressive when putting Samcro to the sword here last year (soft); rounded off the season by beating Supasundae by 2½L in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2m, gd/yld); top-rated in hat-trick bid.
Mudlark with C&D experience (Class 3 handicap winner); well below the standard of Buveur D'Air on figures, but posted a career best when ridden clear to beat Theatre Legend at Wetherby (2m, soft) a fortnight ago; battle-ready.
Lightly raced 4yo (2-5 over hurdles); enjoyed a productive juvenile season, culminating with a fourth placed finish (66-1) in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle (good to soft); is facing a very tough task here on such disadvantageous terms.
Made the frame behind the ill-fated Espoir D'Allen in last year's Champion Hurdle (Buveur D'Air fell); notched his sixth success over hurdles (from 18 starts) with a smooth Listed win at Kempton (2m, good); prowess on heavy ground is a concern.
As tough as teak and right up there with the very best among her own sex (hurdles or fences); ready winner of a mares' Listed race (second successive year) at Wetherby (2m soft) on seasonal reappearance; ground conditions ideal; cheekpieces applied.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty|
Buveur D'Air (2/13), Silver Streak (7/1), Lady Buttons (7/1), Cornerstone Lad (16/1), Nelson River (50/1)
- Buveur D'Air
- Lady Buttons
- Silver Streak
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