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Last Updated: 16/12/13 1:49pm
Quick Jack: Misses Ascot
Ante-post favourite Quick Jack is not among the six-day entries for Saturday's The Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at Ascot.
Tony Martin's runner was a well-backed winner at Cheltenham on his previous outing but connections have opted not to take up his engagement at Berkshire for which 27 runners remain in contention.
"We said we'd leave him for the Boylesports. The owner (John Breslin) will be home. He missed Cheltenham, so we said we'd sit back and wait," said the County Meath handler.
"There's plenty of options - the race in Newbury and the County Hurdle later on. He'll be entered for a few, but we won't run him until the New Year.
"We said we'd give him a bit of a break after Cheltenham. We'll just sit on the fence until the New Year and give him one or two races before Cheltenham in March. He'd been on the go since the Galway Festival and he's had plenty of races since then."
The Pond House stables of David Pipe have enjoyed plenty of success in this valuable handicap under the current master and his predecessor, father Martin.
The yard is well represented with French import Dell'Arca arguably the pick of their setxtet which comprises Swing Bowler, Shotavodka, Ronaldo Des Mottes, Dan Breen and Waterunder.
The well-regarded but hitherto disappointing Snake Eyes is a fascinating possible for Nicky Henderson who could also be represented by outside Champion Hurdle hopes Rolling Star and Chatterbox.
Trainers' championship rival Paul Nicholls has the two highest rated runners in Ptit Zig and Sametegal as well as Irish Saint while Willie Mullins could run City Slicker.
Pine Creek and Chris Pea Green, first and second over C&D earlier in the season, could do battle again with Ruacana, Alaivan and Totalize among other interesting contenders.
Sky Bet's revised betting sees Rolling Star head the market at 11/2 followed by City Slicker 7/1, Dell'Arca and Chatterbox 10/1, Sametegal 12s and 14/1 bar.