Buveur D’Air romped to victory within the function race on nowadays final yr as a five/1 shot, streaking house by way of four-and-a-half lengths.
And he’s an odds-on favorite to take action once more in 2018, with final time’s runner-up My Tent Or Yours and veteran Faugheen anticipated to steer the chasing pack.
However all horse can be hoping the bottom does no longer run as slowly as anticipated – for the primary time since 1982, the bottom used to be declared heavy, comfortable in puts at the opening day of the Competition after a month of deficient climate in the United Kingdom.
Cheltenham 2018 – Day one LIVE
nine.30am: Excellent morning! And the most efficient information I will be able to inform someone prior to we even get started these days is that it’s NOT raining. There are some heavy darkish clouds within the sky however they give the impression of being lovely prime and the forecast is for them to transparent off by way of lunchtime, so the primary race would possibly even get started in sunshine. Positive, I do know.
Wellies would possibly until be so as even though: the bottom is formally heavy, comfortable in puts in spite of a dry night time. That can make existence just a little trickier for horses and punters alike I’d have idea.
4 hours till the primary race – so we’re going to stay you up to the moment with pointers, odds and information tales from Cheltenham till then.
Early non-runner within the function race: Nicky Henderson’s 2nd horse within the Champion Hurdle My Tent Or Yours has been pulled out on veterinary recommendation.