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Christ­mas Hur­dle at Kemp­ton Park on Box­ing Day.

The six-year-old was sent off the 1-6 favourite to ac­count for four ri­vals in the Uni­bet Fight­ing Fifth Hur­dle – and jockey Barry Ger­aghty sat mo­tion­less as the JP McManus-owned win­ner saun­tered to a three-and-a-half-length mar­gin over Irv­ing.

Bu­veur D’Air was cut to 3-1 sec­ond favourite to re­tain his crown at Chel­tenham in the spring – 2015 win­ner Faugh­een heads the mar­ket at 6-4 – and Hen­der­son said: “To­day was per­fect.

“It seemed a fairly sim­ple task for him on pa­per but it’s al­ways nice when they go and do ex­actly what they’re ex­pected to do.

“You’re al­ways very re­lieved when it’s over.”

RE­CALL’S ROCK­ING Paul Tow­nend and To­tal Re­call (right) saw off Davy and Rus­sell Whis­per to win the Lad­brokes Tro­phy

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