The Christmas Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle contest, run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. The course stretches over distance of 2 miles, where there are eight hurdles to be jumped.
The race is also significant, as it is the second leg of the Hurdles Triple Crown. Last year, Buveur D'Air completed that feat with victories in the Fighting Fifth and in this contest, before landing the big one - the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
Let's look at the common trends ahead of this year's battle, which will hopefully be more harder to predict than last years'.