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Cheltenham Festival tips: Buveur D’Air can make it three Champion Hurdles

JP McManus’s runner can match his more forebear Istabraq while Klassical Dream can step up in Supreme Novice

Memories of Istabraq will be revived on day one of this Cheltenham Festival as Buveur D’Air (3.30) can become the first horse since his day to win three Champion Hurdles. An Istabraq fan would say the only similarity is the colours worn by their riders, the green and gold of JP McManus, and plenty of those devotees would rather Buveur D’Air did not emulate his great forebear on Tuesday, but he may prove good enough in this field.

He has not always been at his best this winter and was mugged for lack of a turn of foot in the Christmas Hurdle, but that debacle ought not to be repeated around this more testing circuit and on rain-softened ground.

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