Buveur D’Air will have his final prep run for the Festival at Sandown on Saturday in the Contenders Hurdle. Nicky Henderson’s duel Champion Hurdler is 5/4 for his hat-trick bid and it should be noted that BetVictor are now betting each way 4 places (1/5th odds) on the opening day feature.

In recent years there have been just 11, 11, 12, 8, 9, 9, 10 runners in the race and Laurina (3/1) surely cannot be out of the first four in receipt of 7lbs from the geldings. Note she does hold an entry in Saturday’s Irish Champion Hurdle (for which she is 4/1) at Leopardstown but she is not a guaranteed runner at this stage.

We lost the turf meeting at Lingfield yesterday and both today’s jumps cards (Leicester 8am and Plumpton 7.30) are subject to inspections with neither sounding particularly optimistic. There is also an inspection planned at Lingfield for their all-weather fixture at 8am but they are hopeful that racing will go ahead.

Lingfield

Narjes snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when nabbed close home by Global Wonder over C&D here earlier in the month although these two hold-up performers had the run of the race as they want off far too fast up front.

Nine of Bobby Biscuit’s (1.50) 11 career starts have been at Kempton and this will be his first start at Lingfield. He ran an eye-catching race at Kempton last time when he may not have got home over 11f and today’s shorter trip should suit. John Egan takes the ride on Simon Dow’s 4-y-old who is well drawn in stall two although he may need luck in running.

A market move for Godolphin’s debutante Dawn Crusade would be worth noting in the fillies’ maiden over 10f given trainer Charlie Appleby had a 40

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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