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McCoy D'Airing to dream with Buveur

Twenty-time champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy is relishing the prospect of witnessing favourite Bueur D'Air attempt to land back-to-back renewals of the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tusday, Day One of The Festival 2018.
 
McCoy, who rode 31 winners at the Cheltenham Festival and now works as an advisor for owner J P McManus as well as being a pundit for ITV Racing, commented: "Buveur D'Air has an obvious chance. He looks solid and has improved all season, his jumping technique has been excellent and he's shown a good level of form this year. He looks an even better horse this time around. 
 
"Faugheen's second to Supasundae in the Irish Champion Hurdle last year isn't good enough in my opinion and he isn't in the same sort of form as when he won the Champion Hurdle in 2015.
 
"I'd love My Tent or Yours to run a big race. He has been a great horse over the years and it was great to see him win at Cheltenham in December in the International Hurdle.
 
"He beat Melon and was 6lb better off that day but he won impressively and it was a good performance. I was impressed with the way he finished that race off, but you would have to say that the ground would be a slight worry with him. I'd hope he would run another big race though, but he isn't sure to like the ground."
 
Didtheyleaveuoutto looks an exciting prospect for J P McManus and Nick Gifford, having impressively landed the spoils in two bumpers at Lingfield and Ascot this season, and is vying for favouritism in Wednesday's G1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
 
"Hopefully, the ground won't be as much of a problem to him as people think. The only reason people think it will be a problem is because of the way he won at Lingfield on the All-Weather on his first start and the fact that his time was very good.
 
"However, he is a three-parts brother to Denman and that does make you think that he would cope with the ground. It's a strong race, but he has a live chance in an excellent renewal."
 
Three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Cause Of Causes heads the market for Wednesday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase for trainer Gordon Elliott and McCoy thinks he has leading claims in the extended three-mile and six-furlong contest.
 
"Cause Of Causes has won three times at the Cheltenham Festival and again looks to have leading claims this year. 
 
"The Gordon Elliott stable seem to think that the horse which will give him the most to think about will be Tiger Roll, his stable companion, so that should be a really intriguing clash this week."
 
The Alan King-trained Yanworth has been campaigned over fences this season but returns to timber for the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle on St Patrick's Thursday, March 15, with McManus also represented in the race by Unowhwatimeanharry, third in the race last year."
 
McCoy commented: "Yanworth is in great form and if Supasundae is the favourite, you have to give Yanworth leading claims as he beat him at Aintree. Their form is solid and Sam Spinner also looks to have a chance having won the Long Walk Hurdle, with L'Ami Serge running a big race in second that day.
 
"Yanworth is pretty adaptable with regards to the ground so it shouldn't bother him.
 
"Harry Fry [trainer, Unowhatimeanharry] is very happy with him and while he's been slightly below his best this season, he can hopefully bounce back to form in this event.
 
"He finished behind Sam Spinner in the Long Walk Hurdle and, while he has been disappointing this year in his two runs, he is not without an each-away chance."
 
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Minella Rocco was a staying-on second in the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup last year and along with Irish Gold Cup winner, Edwulf, trained by Joseph O'Brien, looks set to provide McManus with another victory in the race following Synchronised's success under McCoy in 2012.
 
McCoy continued: "The statistics tell you that it will be very hard for horses who have been placed in the race before to go one better. He has done brilliantly at The Festival before and stayed on really well in this race last year, but looking at the statistics, he does have a tough task.
 
"After his win in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, I would love to see Edwulf run a big race. That was a brilliant performance to come back from a nearly fatal injury and win that race in the manner in which he did, so it would be great if he ran well."
 
Apple's Shakira is unbeaten in three starts in Britain for trainer Nicky Henderson and is a solid favourite for Friday's G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle, with McCoy complimentary about the four-year-old daughter of Saddler Maker's ability.
 
"Apple's Shakira has been really impressive at Cheltenham this season in three runs. I think if you asked any jockey who they would like to ride in the Triumph Hurdle, it would be her", McCoy said.
 
"She's very versatile in the way in which you could ride her. She races half lazily and travels well. She looks a pretty special mare."
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