Apple’s Jade, pictured with Jack Kennedy up, disputes favouritism with Buveur D’Air as she bids to become the fifth mare to claim Champion Hurdle glory. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Buveur D’Air and Apple’s Jade are among 14 confirmations for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Nicky Henderson’s dual winner Buve(...)

Jack Kennedy and Samcro en route to victory in the  Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham last March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rain arrived in the north-east of England on Tuesday afternoon and the timing could not have been better, as Newcastle remains on course to stage one(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper (right) beats Vroom Vroom Mag ridden by Paul Townend to win the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The English-trained Buveur D’Air is an overwhelming favourite to successfully defend his Champion Hurdle title but otherwise the start of Cheltenham (...)

 Buveur D’Air: looks a horse at the peak of his capabilities, coming here on the back of an unbeaten season and proven to have no issues with soft ground. Photograph:  Alan  Crowhurst/Getty Images)

It’s 20 years since Istabraq won the first of a Unibet Champion Hurdle hat-trick and his owner, JP McManus, can mark the anniversary in style on Day O(...)

Buveur D’Air, ridden by Noel Fehily, jumps the last before going on to win the Stan     James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Not many owners could see their 2-1 favourite finish out of the money in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and still wind up with a 1-2 but Buveur D’Air’(...)