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Talking Horses: Samcro and Buveur D'Air on course for Newcastle clash

Ireland’s jump racing flag-bearer hope Samcro will face dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth next month

Rain arrived in the north-east on Tuesday afternoon and the timing could not have been better, as Newcastle remains on course to stage one of the best jump races in its long history. Samcro, Buveur D’Air and Summerville Boy, who were all Grade One winners at Cheltenham in March, are among the potential runners in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on 1 December and with the ground starting to ease after one of the driest summers for years, all three could now line up at Gosforth Park next month.

A first meeting between Buveur D’Air, the dual Champion Hurdle winner, and Samcro, who took last season’s Ballymore Novice Hurdle, certainly seems more likely after Nicky Henderson, Buveur D’Air’s trainer, said on Tuesday that the possibility of “good or good-to-firm” was his main concern ahead of the Fighting Fifth. “There is a problem looming,” Henderson said, “and while this wind is in the east, you aren’t going to see much rain.”

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