Nicky Henderson hails ‘miracle’ vets who got Buveur D’Air ready for Haydock on Saturday… after horror SPLINTER injury ‘sticking out like a dagger’ saw horse unable to compete since November 2019
- Buveur D’Air has not run since the Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November 2019
- He suffered a large splinter from a hurdle pierced in his fore-leg above the hoof
- It will be his only run before another shot at the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham
Trainer Nicky Henderson paid tribute on Friday to the vets who have ‘worked miracles’ to get dual Champion Hurdler Buveur D’Air ready for Haydock on Saturday.
It is the 10-year-old’s first run since he won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November 2019 with a large splinter from a hurdle pierced in his fore-leg just above the hoof.
Henderson said: ‘It was sticking out of his foot like a dagger.
Trainer Nicky Henderson has paid tribute to the vets who have got Buveur D’Air ready
‘They had to take the front of the hoof off. It was like opening the door so they could get in.
‘They had a white cloth laid out with all the pieces they had taken out, every microscopic fragment.’
Buveur D’Air faces two rivals in the New One Hurdle. It will be his only run before another shot at the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
The 10-year-old (right) hasn’t run since being badly injured by a hurdle splinter at the Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November 2019
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