Trainer - Nicky Henderson
Jockey - Barry Geraghty
The market leader for some time now is the mare Epatante who spearheads Nicky Henderson's assault on the contest being unbeaten on both her starts this season.
She went into an Intermediate Hurdle at Newbury and easily cruised away from a decent field but what she did next shook the Champion Hurdle market.
She went to Kempton in the Christmas Hurdle and absolutely bolted up seeing off most of these runners today and anything close to that run again will see her win the race.
There are doubts over the mare with her only defeat coming at the festival last season but that can be put down to a blip and with the seven pound allowance she looks tough to beat.