BUVEUR D'AIR could face a small field at Cheltenham as only 18 horses stood their ground for the Unibet Champion Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson's hurdler will be a long odds-on shot to retain his crown. Henderson also has My Tent Or Yours in the mix.
Faugheen is still in contention along with Yorkhill and Min for trainer Willie Mullins.
Only four horses have been taken out of the race, which include Defi Du Seuil and The New One who will step up in trip to run in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle.
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The New One is one of 26 horses still in with a shout for the Stayers' Hurdle.
His main rivals could include Supasundae, Sam Spinner and last year's Albert Bartlett winner Penhill.
12 horses were taken out of the race including Cole Harden and Willoughby Court.
Apple's Jade holds entries in the Champion Hurdle and Stayers' Hurdle but is set to defend her title in the OLGB Mares' Hurdle in which 27 horses remain in contention.
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Gordon Elliott's six-year-old has most to fear from a battalion of entries for her former trainer Mullins including Benie Des Dieux, Let's Dance and Vroum Vroum Mag.
The entries also include the Warren Greatrex-trained La Bague Au Roi, who is still in the Stayers' Hurdle.
The six mares taken out include Copper Kay and Dame Rose.