Long Walk takes on new dimension
Eight rivals will have the chance to gain an elusive Grade One in a staying hurdle following the news Big Buck's is likely to be out for the remainder of the campaign.
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National Hunt racing's superstar would have been going for his 19th win on the spin in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, a race he has claimed for the last three seasons.
His trainer Paul Nicholls has left in Prospect Wells and Five Dream.
Nicholls' big rival Nicky Henderson still has two horses engaged in the shape of smart chaser Master Of The Hall and Cucumber Run.
Alan King's Smad Place and the Tim Easterby-trained Trustan Times, the recent winner of the valuable Betfair Brush Hurdle at Haydock, are engaged along with Reve De Sivola and Kayf Aramis.
Get Me Out Of Here is a notable absentee.