Four take on hat-trick hope­ful Bu­veur D’Air at New­cas­tle

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BU­VEUR D’AIR is set to face four ri­vals as he bids to win the Betfair Fight­ing Fifth Hur­dle for the third suc­ces­sive year at New­cas­tle to­mor­row.

The dual Cham­pion Hur­dle hero may have fallen early on in last sea­son’s re­newal at Chel­tenham, but the eight-year-old ended the cam­paign on a high with vic­tory in the Punchestow­n ver­sion in May.

Bu­veur D’Air’s lat­est as­sign­ment fol­low­ing his sum­mer break is to try to give trainer Nicky Hen­der­son a sixth suc­cess in the Gos­forth Park show­piece.

His main ri­val is likely to be Sil­ver Streak, who out­ran his odds of 80-1 to fill third place be­hind the ill-fated Espoir D’Allen in the Cham­pion Hur­dle.

Evan Wil­liams’ sta­ble star, who en­joyed a cosy tri­umph in a Listed con­test at Kemp­ton on his sea­sonal reap­pear­ance six weeks ago, will be rid­den by Adam Wedge, who feels Sil­ver Streak should not be un­der-es­ti­mated.

“It’s a big ask. Ob­vi­ously Bu­veur D’Air is a very good horse, but our lad de­serves to take his chance in a Grade One,” Wedge said. “He ex­ceeded all of our ex­pec­ta­tions last year. We al­ways hoped he’d be a good horse, but he kept pro­gress­ing all the time and sur­pris­ing us all the way along.

“First time out this year was a very good run and he seems to have filled out and grown up again, so hope­fully he can go for­ward.”

Phil Kirby has de­cided to let his ad­mirable mare Lady But­tons have a go at the big guns while Micky Ham­mond’s Corner­stone Lad takes the big step up in class from hand­i­cap com­pany. Nel­son River, trained by Tony Car­roll, com­pletes the quin­tet.

Mean­while, of­fi­cials at Don­caster have been forced to aban­don the fix­ture sched­uled for to­mor­row. The first day of the two-day meet­ing had al­ready fallen to wa­ter­log­ging, and with no sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment likely, the sec­ond af­ter­noon has been called off fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion.

Bu­veur D’Air win­ning at Punchestow­n

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