Reve De Sivola has won the JLT Long Walk Hurdle two years in a row
Reve De Sivola remains on course for his hat-trick bid in the £100,000 Grade One JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, December 20, with five entries left at the five-day entry stage.
The Grade One contest, won four times by Baracouda and on three occasions by Big Buck's, is headed by the Nick Williams-trained gelding, winner of the last two renewals.
In two outings in France this season the nine-year-old has been well beaten, but Williams may also run Aubusson, an impressive winner of the Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock.
Paul Nicholls has taken out the impressive Newbury scorer Silsol but could be represented by Zarkandar, winner of a Grade One in France on his last outing.
Alan King's Medinas, who took advantage of a below-par More Of That at Newbury, will be looking to capitalise on any weaknesses from the others.
Dell' Arca, who has been novice chasing without success this season for David Pipe, completes the quintet.
Among others taken out were Nicky Henderson's Beat That and Blue Fashion and Willie Mullins' Briar Hill and Zaidpour.
Pipe said on his website that he has always fancied running Dell' Arca over further.
"We have Dell' Arca in the race and while he has performed creditably over fences this term, a return to timber over this longer trip could be on the card," he said.
"Despite winning the Greatwood Hurdle over the minimum trip he has always looked as worth trying over further and while he has it to do on official figures, this looks a decent opportunity to give him a go."
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