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Celestial Halo and At Fishers Cross set to renew rivalry in Long Walk Hurdle

Updated: Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 15:13 | Comments

At Fishers Cross is a best-price 11-10 to avenge his defeat in the Long Distance Hurdle
At Fishers Cross is a best-price 11-10 to avenge his defeat in the Long Distance Hurdle

Celestial Halo and At Fishers Cross have been declared for a rematch in Saturday's Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

Paul Nicholls' Celestial Halo came out on top in their meeting in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last month, where At Fishers Cross, one of last season's very best novices for Rebecca Curtis, lost all chance with a dreadful mistake at the second-last flight and finished fourth.

Reve De Sivola, who was third at Newbury, is also among a field of six as Nick Williams' charge bids to win this race for the second year running.

This Grade One contest over three miles and one furlong sees the return of the Paul Webber-trained Time For Rupert.

The 2010 Ladbrokes World Hurdle runner-up has been sidelined with a leg problem since finishing fourth to Silviniaco Conti in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby 13 months ago.

Salubrious, also trained by Nicholls, and Tom Symonds' Tweedledrum complete the line-up.

There were three withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage - Grands Crus, Mala Beach and Medinas.

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