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Reve De Sivola battles hard to gain third Long Walk Hurdle

The Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot turned in to terrific toe to toe battle, with Reve De Sivola just getting the better of Zarkandar to record his third victory in the Grade 1 contest. The defending Champion was sent off a general 13/2, with Zarkandar, a Grade 1 winner in France last time, sent off the 4/6 favourite.

 

Daryl Jacob sent Reve De Sivola straight to the front from the off as is his custom but was lucky to survive a big blunder at the third flight. Recent Haydock score Aubusson followed, with Sam Twiston-Davies keeping a close eye on proceedings on Zarkandar back in third.

 

The eventual winners jumping continued to be slightly off target on the way round but still headed a faltering up field turning for home. Zarkandar came with an ominous looking run approaching the last and hit the front after crossing the final flight. The race looked all over at this stage but Reve De Sivola would not lie down and eventually got back up on the line.

 

Winning jockey,Jacob, said: “This horse has been a big part of my career, when I started a job with Nick Williams he was one of the first horses I rode as a juvenile and for him to keep going the way he has and put in an effort like that was unbelievable. He has a massive heart.

“Zarkandar was running all over us approaching the last, but obviously I’ve ridden Zarkandar plenty of times and know him well. I know Reve De Sivola has a big heart and knew it was never over until he crossed the line.

 

“He dug very deep when he needed to and that was his career best today. I was happy with the performance today, but you need the horse.

 

“Nick and all the staff have done a great job to bring him back after the disappointment of Autieul last time. He hasn’t won since he won 12 months ago and to bring him back in his best shape, I think that’s a great training performance.


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