Ascot Racecourse is pleased to announce that this year's Grade One Long Walk Hurdle, to be run on December 23rd, will be run as the JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle.
Reve De Sivola won the Long Walk three times; in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
He was a familiar and much loved staple of the Christmas racing calendar and ran in the Long Walk on five occasions, latterly last December.
Guy Henderson, Chief Executive at Ascot, said:
"It was tragic to hear that we had lost Reve De Sivola at Kelso last weekend. Horses like him are the backbone of the jumping game, appearing year after year, and Reve De Sivola will always be remembered as a jumping legend here at Ascot. Under sad circumstances we, and sponsors JLT, are delighted to be naming the Long Walk in his memory this year. We will also carry a tribute in this Sunday's racecard and of course in December, when we will re-live his triumphs on Ascot TV."
Paul Duffy co - owner of Paul Duffy Diamond Partnership, welcomed the news:
"The messages and tributes received over the last week have shown to the owners how much Reve meant to the racing public. Combined with the sadness of loss is the reminder of fortune at owning such a brave and determined competitor. Thank you, Ascot, and the sponsors, JLT, for the honour of letting Reve be remembered by sharing the stage once more at his favourite racecourse."