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Four Irish runners confirmed for The Ladbroke at Ascot with Nicky Henderson's Petit Robin heading the contenders

Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 12:02 | Comments

Petit Robin looks for a hat-trick of wins over the smaller obstacles this term
Petit Robin looks for a hat-trick of wins over the smaller obstacles this term

Nicky Henderson's rejuvenated Petit Robin heads a maximum field of 21 for The Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday.

Henderson's nine-year-old has enjoyed something of a renaissance this season after being restricted by injury.

Third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2009, Petit Robin has switched with great effect back to hurdles with solid wins at Ascot and Sandown already this term.

Henderson's raid on this valuable prize is backed up by Cash and Go, Lyvius and First In The Queue.

The Irish challenge is strong in the shape of Gordon Elliott's Cause Of Causes, Willie Mullins' Rattan, Eddie Harty's Princeton Plains and Thomas Edison from Tony Martin's stable.

Alan King has the strongly-fancied Balder Succes while Tom George has declared Racing Post Hurdle victor Olofi.

The lightly-raced Ranjaan represents the Paul Nicholls stable with David Pipe has two likely outsiders in Kazlian and Dan Breen.

Jonjo O'Neill's It's A Gimme and the Brian Ellison-trained Bothy feature in a fascinating list.

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