Sam Spinner and Unowhatimeanharry, the last two winners of the race, are among a field of 11 declared for Saturday’s JLT Hurdle (formerly known as the Long Walk) at Ascot.
Unowhatimeanharry won the Grade One in 2016 but was only third behind Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge when sent off 6-4 favourite for the race 12 months ago.
However, the Harry Fry-trained 10-year-old bounced back to winning form in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last month when Sam Spinner – beaten at the time – unseated Joe Colliver at the second-last.
Fry took out his two other entries, If The Cap Fits and Momella, at the 48-hour final declaration stage.
Nicky Henderson has left in three – Call Me Lord, Soul Emotion and Top Notch.
An interesting contender is the Emma Lavelle-trained Paisley Park after he defied top weight in a stayers’ handicap hurdle at Haydock, won by Sam Spinner the previous year.
Emma Lavelle says Paisley Park is “in great form” ahead of the JLT Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday. Do you think the youngster can record his first success at Grade One level?👇https://t.co/pJ5gYT409d pic.twitter.com/cITIPFN9Fc
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) December 19, 2018
Completing the line-up are Nick Williams’ Agrapart, Garo de Juilley for Sophie Leech, Nick Gifford’s The Mighty Don, the Colin Tizzard-trained West Approach and Younevercall from Kim Bailey’s stable.
11 declared runners:
Call Me Lord
Garo de Juilley
The Mighty Don
Published 12:15 20/12/18