Sivola slashed to rule World

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 15:54 GMT

Reve De Sivola is into a best of 12/1 for the World Hurdle following victory at Ascot on Saturday.

Reve De Sivola: Impressive when winning at Ascot
Reve De Sivola: Impressive when winning at Ascot

The French-bred star was an impressive winner of the Long Walk Hurdle, seeing off pre-race favourite Smad Place by 14 lengths on testing ground.

The 12/1 is widely available, with William Hill the most impressed - they are keeping Nick Williams' charge onside at 8/1.

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners, whose firm cut their price from 33s to 10s, said: "With no other targets, his only option is probably the World Hurdle and you would have to respect his chance after this performance."

Rory Jiwani, of Stan James added: "(Reve De Sivola) relished the underfoot conditions and bounded clear of his rivals to win the Long Walk. He was 33/1 for the World Hurdle before today and we've cut him to 10/1.

"He probably needs soft ground to be seen to best effect but the way the weather's going, he could get it in March."

Smad Place finished well back in second and is now out to 20/1 with Betfred and totesport for the Festival race.

Trustan Times, Saturday's pre-race gamble, also disappointed, finishing third, and was duly lengthened to 25/1 (general) for the World Hurdle.

Having undergone a major shake-up earlier in the week when long-time favourite Big Buck's pulled out injured, the market is headed by Quevega and Oscar Whisky.

Willie Mullins' Quevega is offered at 7/1 by sportingbet. He's as short as 3/1 at Ladbrokes, who are prepared to dangle 7s about Oscar Whisky. They and Boylesports are determined to keep Quevega onside and offer just 3/1.

Meanwhile, Haydock winner She Ranks Me is a 14/1 shot for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle with Sky Bet, William Hill and bet365.

Stan James hacked their price into 12s from 20s.