Kim Bailey, below, has always believed the gelding, who has won bumper Flat races and over hurdles, would be even better over fences.
This he has proved to be correct as the six-year-old won his two races overfences in impressive fashion this season.
Today’s event will be no walk in the park with Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation in the field. The latter represents the threat as he proved too good for Defi Du Seuil when the pair met at Cheltenham last month.
Buveur D’Air (1.50), the dual Champion Hurdle winner, has a simple task of making it a second successive victory in the 888Sport Contenders Hurdle.
On official handicap figures Buveur D’Air has 22lb in hand over his nearest rated rival – Vision Des Flos.
The progressive BALLYMOY (3.00) can continue his upward curve in the Heroes Handicap Hurdle.
He is paying the price for his success with his top-weight but he gave the impression that he is still improving after beating Colonial Dreams at Ascot last month.
At Chelmsford Newmarket trainer Richard Spencer has found an ideal opportunity for PHILAMUNDO (1.35, treble) to add to last month’s success at the course.
PROBABILITY (5.45) is on a decent mark for his handicap debut at Kempton tonight.
1.00 ORCHID STAR
1.35 PHILAMUNDO (TR)
3.20 BOOM THE GROOM
3.55 DUTCH UNCLE
4.45 LION HEARTED
5.45 PROBABILITY (N.B)
6.45 FAMILY FORTUNES
7.45 ILHABELA FACT
8.15 EMBER’S GLOW
12.35 SPIRIT WARNING
1.10 MISS CRICK
2.20 NATIONAL GLORY
3.30 ISLE OF AVALON
1.50 BUVEUR D’AIR
2.25 VINNDICATION (NAP)
3.35 BELAMI DES PICTONS
4.10 SHE MITE BITE