Dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D'Air suffered a shock defeat in the Grade One Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on his seasonal bow a few weeks back after picking up an injury when taking the second flight from home but his trainer has revealed he is making pleasing progress.
The multiple Grade One winner is back at Henderson's Seven Barrows yard recovering from an operation on his hoof which saw half of it being removed due to the piece wood that was lodged in it from the hurdle.
When jumping the second flight in the black type race that he was searching for a hat-trick of wins in, he looked sure to go on and pass the eventual winner Cornerstone Lad but with the injury it became an impossible task.
With aspirations for a crack at landing a third Champion Hurdle very much in the air the team have been given some good news about Buveur D'Air and his ongoing situation.
(Credit At The Races) “Touch wood, he’s coming on well,” said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus
.“It’s so far, so good. He’s walking quite well. It’s going to take a bit of time, but the vets have been happy with the progress he’s making.”