Halo and Fishers among Long Walk six

  • Last Updated: December 20 2013, 10:18 GMT

Celestial Halo and At Fishers Cross have been declared for a rematch in Saturday's Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

Reve De Sivola and Celestial Halo: Meet again at Ascot
Reve De Sivola and Celestial Halo: Meet again at Ascot

Paul Nicholls' Celestial Halo came out on top in their meeting in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last month, where At Fishers Cross, one of last season's very best novices for Rebecca Curtis, lost all chance with a dreadful mistake at the second-last flight and finished fourth.

Daryl Jacob, who was on board Celestial Halo at Newbury, is looking forward to the rematch.

"He was awesome and they went a good gallop that day. He goes on any ground and just enjoys racing and we'll go there on Saturday with, hopefully, a great chance again," he told Racing UK.

Reve De Sivola, who was third at Newbury, is also among a field of six as Nick Williams' charge bids to win this race for the second year running.

This Grade One contest over three miles and one furlong sees the return of the Paul Webber-trained Time For Rupert.

The 2010 Ladbrokes World Hurdle runner-up has been sidelined with a leg problem since finishing fourth to Silviniaco Conti in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby 13 months ago

Salubrious, also trained by Nicholls, and Tom Symonds' Tweedledrum complete the line-up.

There were three withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage - Grands Crus, Mala Beach and Medinas.

The contest was re-opened for another half an hour when only six horses were declared on Thursday morning, but no more horses were added to the line-up.

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