Geraghty happy with Buveur D'Air

07 February 2018 05:09:15 EST

Barry Geraghty has admitted that Buveur D'Air was probably 'dossing' in front during his win in the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown.

The reigning Champion Hurdle hero had what is likely to be his final race before a return to Cheltenham next month, when he easily fended off the challenge of two rivals at Sandown on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson's charge only managed to beat John Constable by a length and three-quarters, but Geraghty felt it was satisfactory in the circumstances.

A racecourse gallop somewhere between now and Cheltenham is deemed likely for a horse that 'takes plenty of work', says the jockey.

"I was very happy with Buveur D'Air in the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday. It was very straightforward, he did all he had to do," Geraghty told At The Races.

"Maybe he didn't look as impressive as he did at Newcastle or at Kempton, but he was just dossing in front and I didn't mind that. That's much better than having him race keenly. He had lots more left.

"He is a horse who takes plenty of work and Nicky said that he wouldn't mind giving him a racecourse gallop before Cheltenham. He's bang on track though."

Buveur D'air is 4/6 to retain his Champion Hurdle crown on the opening afternoon of next month's extravaganza in the Cotswolds.

Arguably, his case was strengthened still further on Saturday when former winner Faugheen could finish only second to Supasundae in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Willie Mullins' charge again failed to show the sparkle of old and is now 6/1 to regain the Champion Hurdle crown he won in 2015.

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