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  • 14:25 Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle 3m 1f

  • (Grade 1) £75,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £42,202 2nd £15,900 3rd £7,958 4th £3,975
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 14:26:22

Long Walk in the park for Reve De Sivola

Last Updated: 21/12/13 3:01pm

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Reve De Sivola on his way to Long Walk success

Reve De Sivola on his way to Long Walk success

Reve De Sivola (9/4) won his second Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle in the mud at Ascot on Saturday.

Nick Williams' eight-year-old won from the front under Richard Johnson much like he did last year, revelling in the conditions after plenty of rain in Berkshire turned the ground to soft (heavy in places).

At Fishers Cross was sent of the 8/11 favourite but AP McCoy was well beaten when he was unseated at the final obstacle.

Salubrious, who only ran at Cheltenham last week, travelled into the contest well and looked a danger to the eventual winner when making a mistake two out.

He was gifted second when At Fishers Cross made his error at the last, but Reve De Sivola was 10 lengths clear at the line.

Johnson said: "He's a very honest horse - he's a very good horse. He's a very, very good hurdler and we know soft ground suits him very well.''

Sky Bet made plenty of changes to the Ladbrokes World Hurdle betting following the contest, with Reve De Sivola cut to 16/1 (from 25s) and At Fishers Cross pushed out to 12/1 (from 11/2).

Absentees Big Buck's (9/4 from 11/4) and More Of That (7/1 from 9/1) were also cut following the race.

Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "It looks more and more likely that At Fishers Cross might not be up to this level and Reve De Sivola took advantage in conditions he loves.

"More Of That could well be JP McManus' number one World Hurdle hope on this evidence and he's been trimmed accordingly."

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