The JLT Long Walk Hurdle
| Grade 1, Ascot 14:25
3m 1f 110y, Class 1
|Saturday 20th December 2014|
1 Reve De Sivola 13/2
2 Zarkandar 4/6F
3 Aubusson 6/1
5 ran Distances: hd, 23l, 8l
TIME 6m 8.00s (slow by 22.00s)
Reve De Sivola joins the mighty Big Buck's as a three-time winner
Reve De Sivola edged out Zarkandar to win the JLT Long Walk Hurdle with a fighting display at Ascot.
Zarkandar came cruising upsides at the last, seemingly running all over his main rival, but having hit the front, he momentarily idled and was outstayed to the tune of a head by the brave 13-2 chance.
Daryl Jacob was left to contemplate a heartwarming success on the Nick Williams-trained winner, achieved despite a fairly serious early mistake.
Jacob, who was replaced by Twiston-Davies as stable jockey to Paul Nicholls at the end of last season, had ridden Zarkandar in the past, landing the Triumph Hurdle in 2011.
He was quick to pay tribute to Richard Johnson, Reve De Sivola's regular partner, who is currently serving a ban.
He said: "Reve De Sivola was very good, very tough and he has a massive heart, which he has always shown. The one thing that stands him in good stead is his heart.
"This is as much for me as it is for Dickie. He has played a massive part in this horse's career. I rode him when he was younger and Dickie won on him a couple of times and won two of these races.
"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. 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. I've won a couple of Grade Ones on this horse now and he's been a star to me."
He added: "I had three fantastic years with Paul and Zarkandar has been a hell of a horse for me as well."
Williams was at Haydock, where he said: "He loves Ascot, but he made a bad mistake early and got away with it.
"It's fantastic for Daryl. He would have ridden him three years ago, but he had a whip ban and couldn't ride. This time, Richard was banned, so Daryl's stepped in.
"He'll go to the Cleeve (Hurdle, at Cheltenham), probably."
Owner Paul Duffy indicated Reve De Sivola could return next year in an effort to match French great Baracouda's four wins.
JLT Long Walk Hurdle
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft
|1st||Reve de Sivola (FR) 13/2
D A Jacob
|2nd||hd||Zarkandar (IRE) 4/6f
|11-7||P F Nicholls||7|
|3rd||23||Aubusson (FR) 6/1
|4th||8||Medinas (FR) 6/1
|5th||5||Dell' Arca (IRE) 14/1
LONG WALK HURDLE ROLL OF HONOUR (1965-2012)
Race run as a handicap prior to 1971
(run at Newbury in 2009, Chepstow in 2005 and Windsor in 2004)
Year Winner Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2013 REVE DE SIVOLA
2012 REVE DE SIVOLA
2011 BIG BUCK’S 8-11-07 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls AP McCoy 3/10F
2010 BIG BUCK’S 7-11-07 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls AP McCoy 2/13F
2009 BIG BUCK’S 6-11-07 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 1/2F
2008 PUNCHESTOWNS 5-11-07 Judy Wilson Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 3/1F
2007 LOUGH DERG 7-11-07 W Frewen David Pipe Tom Scudamore 14/1
2006 MIGHTY MAN 6-11-07 Joss Hanbury Henry Daly Richard Johnson 11/8F
2005 MY WAY DE SOLZEN 5-11-07 B Windfield, A Longman, J Wright, C Fenton; Alan King Robert Thornton 12/1
2004 BARACOUDA 9-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Tony McCoy 8/13F
2003 BARACOUDA 8-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 2/7F
2002 DEANO’S BEENO 10-11-07 Axom Martin Pipe Tony McCoy 14/1
2001 BARACOUDA 6-11-07 J P McManus Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 2/5F
2000 BARACOUDA 5-11-07 Roger Barby Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen 11/4
1999 ANZUM 8-11-07 Old Foresters P’ship Alan King Richard Johnson 4/1
1998 PRINCEFUL 7-11-07 Robert Hitchins Jenny Pitman Richard Dunwoody 11/4F
1997 PADDY’S RETURN 5-11-07 Paddy O’Donnell Ferdy Murphy Norman Williamson 8/1
1996 OCEAN HAWK 4-11-07 Matt Archer/Jean Broadhurst Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/1
1995 SILVER WEDGE 4-11-07 Shirley & Bill Robins Oliver Sherwood Jamie Osborne 7/1
1994 HEBRIDEAN 7-11-07 Peter Deal David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 100/30
1993 SWEET DUKE 6-11-07 Andy Mavrou Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 7/2
1992 VAGOG 7-11-07 M A Swift Martin Pipe Martin Foster 15/2
1991 Abandoned due to frost
1990 FLOYD 10-11-07 Mike Walsh David Elsworth Graham Bradley 10/1
1989 ROYAL ATHLETE 6-10-08 Gary Johnson Jenny Pitman Dean Gallagher 33/1
1988 FRENCH GOBLIN 5-11-01 Maurice Pinto Josh Gifford Peter Hobbs 3/1
1987 BLUFF COVE 5-10-08 Dickins Ltd Reg Hollinshead Richard Dunwoody 14/1
1986 OUT OF THE GLOOM 5-10-08 Paul Green Reg Hollinshead Peter Scudamore 4/1
1985 MISTY DALE 7-10-08 David Rose Jenny Pitman Phil Tuck 9/4F
1984 KRISTENSON 7-10-08 Ursula Fantasia Roger Fisher Michael Williams 7/2
1983 CRIMSON EMBERS 8-10-11 Pam Smart Fulke Walwyn Stuart Shilston 14/1
1982 MAYOTTE 7-10-11 B Davies Richard Holder Paul Richards 15/8F
1981 Abandoned due to snow
1980 DERRING ROSE 5-11-11 Peter Savill Fred Winter John Francome 7/1
1979 JOHN CHERRY 8-10-11 Milton Ritzenberg Tom Jones Steve Smith Eccles 6/1
1978 KELSO CHANT 6-11-07 Mrs M Richardson Jumbo Wilkinson Steve Charlton 10/1
1977 JOHN CHERRY 6-10-11 Milton Ritzenberg Tom Jones Steve Smith Eccles 11/8F
1976 Abandoned due to frost
1975 LANZAROTE 7-12-05 Lord Howard de Walden Fred Winter John Francome 4/9F
1974 GO BINGO 5-11-12 Guy Reed Sam Hall David Munro 9/4
1973 SOLONING 8-11-08 Mrs C Thornton Fred Winter Richard Pitman 9/2
1972 HIGHLAND ABBE 6-11-12 Mrs K Hankey Les Kennard Mr R Smith 11/1
1971 ST PATRICK’S BLUE 6-11-12 P Aunger David Tatlow Bill Smith 7/2F
1970 ROUGE AUTUMN 6-10-05 Bryan Jenks Fred Rimell Ken White 9/2F
1969 CANDID CAMERA 6-10-06 R F P Ross Ted Goddard Joe Guest 100/8
1968 Abandoned due to waterlogging
1967 Abandoned due to foot and mouth epidemic
1966 SIR EDWARD 6-10-09 R Heaton Ryan Price Josh Gifford 7/2F
1965 MINUTE GUN 8-10-04 Bill Shand Kydd Bill Shand Kydd Richard Pitman 100/8