Cheltenham Festival 2019: Buveur D’Air runs in Champion Hurdle and day one action – live

A change of headgear or a minor procedure to their breathing apparatus can make a big difference to a horse, or can at least indicate a determined effort by the trainer to elicit improvement. Here’s today’s list of horses that might take a step forward on their known form.

1.30: Vision D’Honneur (tongue tie worn for the first time)

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham’s clerk of the course, spoke at 9.15am, on the outlook for the next few hours.

“As expected last night, we had some strong gusts of wind, although nothing that would give us any concern about public or racing safety,” he said. “Although we were forecast a few millimetres of rain falling through the night, that didn’t materialise. We are still expecting now a band of rain to come through in the next couple of hours.

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