Captain Cee Bee Supplemented For Champion Hurdle As A Possible Pacemaker

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12 Horses have been declared for the 2014 Stan James Champion Hurdle with the possibility that as few as 9 could go to post next Tuesday afternoon. Although the powerful Willie Mullins stable still has four possibilities at the 6-day acceptance stage only reigning champion Hurricane Fly is expected to represent the Closutton handler with Annie Power almost certain to take on Big Buck's and company in Thursday's Ladbrokes World Hurdle while Un De Sceaux and Thousand Stars are expected to give the Festival a miss on this occasion.

There were no surprise withdrawals as all of the leading fancies stood their ground including The New One and My Tent Or Yours who was the subject of an injury scare on Tuesday, although trainer Nicky Henderson issued a positive statement the following morning declaring the 7-year-old perfectly sound and bang on course for next week's championship contest.

With a small field expected and no guaranteed pace the JP McManus-owned Captain Cee Bee has been supplemented, presumably with the intention of ensuring a fairly run race for his two fancied runners MyTent Or Yours and Jezki, who is expected to wear a hood for the first time. Bookmakes currently can't split Hurricane Fly and The New One at the head of the market with 11-4 available about both horses followed by Our Conor on 4-1 and My Tent Or Yours on 5-1.

The possible field is completed by Melodic Rendezvous, Ptit Zig and Grumeti.

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