Champion Hurdle News: Hurricane tops 22

Hurricane Fly (right) boasts strong credentials

Hurricane Fly is one of 22 horses left in the field for the Champion Hurdle at the latest confirmation stage...

Hurricane Fly is one of 22 horses left in the field for the Champion Hurdle at the latest confirmation stage...

The 2011 winner is now a hot favourite to regain his title after an unbeaten season and he is one of three entries remaining for Willie Mullins along with Thousand Stars and Zaidpour.

Nicky Henderson has four still engaged, headed by former winner Binocular and Grandouet.

Oscar Whisky, who finished third in 2011, has been kept in the event along with the 2010 runner-up Khyber Kim, who has returned to Seven Barrows after a spell with Nigel Twiston-Davies, but has not appeared yet this season.

Last year's winner Rock On Ruby is in contention, while others of interest to remain in the race are the Donald McCain trio of Cinders And Ashes, Overturn and Peddlers Cross. 

Zarkandar is the only possible runner for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

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