There is no Faugheen but Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci could still win the Grade 1 32Red.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day with Vroum Vroum Mag.
Vroum Vroum Mag could clash with the likes of Yanworth, The New One and 2013 winner My Tent Or Yours as just six were entered on Wednesday for a race that was re-opened for 24 hours having initially attracted just five entries.
Faugheen has still not been seen on a racecourse since running away with the Irish Champion Hurdle last January.
A damaged suspensory ligament ruled him out of the spring festivals, while a reported bruised foot ruled him out of his supposed comeback in last month’s Morgiana Hurdle.
After spring victories at Cheltenham and Punchestown, Vroum Vroum Mag made her seasonal reappearance earlier this month at Fairyhouse where she was beaten a short-head in the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle by Apple’s Jade and she could face another second-season hurdler of note if lining up at Kempton on Monday in the shape of Yanworth.
The six-year-old will have his first start at 2m since he won the Sky Bet Supreme Trial at Ascot a year ago, as he puts his Champion Hurdle credentials to the test and the sponsors make him 15-8 favourite, with Vroum Vroum Mag at 5-2.