Long Walk Hurdle Betting and Odds Focus: Field of nine declared for Ascot

Ascot is getting ready for its Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle on Saturday, December 18. A quality field of nine have been declared for the three miles, half a furlong test.

Planet Sport are going full bore for the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturaday. Be sure to check in regularly for the latest betting, odds and news from the Berkshire track.

Fine nine to take a Long Walk

A select group of nine will tackle the Long Walk Hurdle together with Nicky Henderson going three handed, plus entries for Olly Murphy and Philip Hobbs among a fine group.

Old master Nicky Henderson is abuzz to see a couple of champions in the making with Buzz and Champ all set for the three miles, half a furlong Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

Buzz is the likely favourite for the Grade 1 contest following a profitable autumn campaign - winning the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Flat before reverting to the jumping game to win the Ascot Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson's charge is set to test the water over three miles for the first time in this weekend's feature event and could be joined by two stable companions in Champ and On The Blind Side.

Champ looks set to run over hurdles for the first time since April 2019, having been off the track since being pulled up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

On The Blind Side was last seen filling the runner-up spot behind the Olly Murphy-trained Thomas Darby, who is also in line to run on Saturday.

Emma Lavelle's Paisley Park, who was third at Newbury, will bid for a third Long Walk crown after taking top honours in 2018 and 2020.

The Philip Hobbs-trained Thyme Hill, who was beaten a neck by Paisley Park in an epic renewal 12 months ago, will look to bounce back from a disappointing effort in France last month.

The sole Irish contender is Matthew Smith's stable star Ronald Pump, who filled the runner-up spot behind the brilliant mare Honeysuckle in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse three weeks ago.

Lisnagar Oscar (Rebecca Curtis) and Third Wind (Hughie Morrison) complete the field.

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