Champion Hurdler Buveur D’Air forced to miss Aintree following late setback

NICKY HENDERSON has scratched his twin Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air from Thursday's Aintree Hurdle due to an unsatisfactory trachea wash.

The seven-yr-previous, who took his profitable run to 10 final month when narrowly holding Melon in an exciting Champion Hurdle on the Cheltenham Pageant, won’t bid for again-to-again victories within the two and a half mile Betway Aintree Hurdle.

 Barry Geraghty punches the air after riding the favourite Buveur D'Air to victory in the Champion Hurdle

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Barry Geraghty punches the air after driving the favorite Buveur D'Air to victory within the Champion Hurdle

"His trachea wash was simply not very intelligent. He's obtained a little bit of mucus and it's messy in there. It's not proper, so it's not truthful to run him if it's not," stated the Seven Barrows handler.

Henderson defined the state of affairs in full on his Twitter feed with the following assertion: "Sadly, Buveur D'Air won’t run at Aintree on Thursday due to an unsatisfactory trachea wash. It’s a very routine process, and one thing we do with all of our runners, however he was discovered to have a small quantity of mucus which suggests sadly we simply can’t run him.

"It’s terribly irritating, however the horse's welfare is of paramount significance and it tells us he isn’t one hundred%.

"His work has been nice, however you possibly can by no means inform till you’re taking these trachea washes and it’s telling us that it might be unwise to run him.

"I’ve spoken to JP (McManus, proprietor) and this can be very disappointing as this race had very a lot the plan ever since his win within the Unibet Champion Hurdle and he had preferrred floor circumstances too, so this can be a bitter blow.

"There’s the choice of Punchestown (Betdaq Champion Hurdle on April 27) and we’ll give it some thought, however in the intervening time our important precedence is getting Buveur again to full well being."

Coach Nicky Henderson watches again Buveur D'Air's Champion Hurdle win

NICKY HENDERSON has scratched his twin Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air from Thursday's Aintree Hurdle due to an unsatisfactory trachea wash.

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