Trainer - Nicky Henderson
Jockey - Barry Geraghty
The market leader and the winner of the last two renewals of this contest is going in search of his third consecutive Champion Hurdle which will set him up for Cheltenham Hall Of Fame status.
This season he has been hit and miss with on his first start he truly showed how good he was blowing the Grade 1 field apart at Newcastle in the fighting fifth beating Samcro comfortably.
His latest outing saw him suffer his first defeat in 12 races ending his unbeaten streak when stablemate Verdana Blue shockingly pipped him on the line to take the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
This has set doubt and moved the odds sightly for this big contest in March but on form alone he is still the one to beat if still the same horses as the last two years.