At Fishers Cross: will be reunited with Tony McCoy on SaturdayPICTURE: Getty Images
It's all looking good for At Fishers Cross
AT FISHERS CROSS has been handed a prime opportunity to get his bid for the Ladbrokes' World Hurdle under way in Saturday's Wessex Youth Trust Long Walk Hurdle by the late defection of Long Distance Hurdle winner Celestial Halo.
After letting supporters down with a defeat in the Long Distance Hurdle in which he stumbled over the second last flight after an ungainly jump and come in a disappointing fourth, 22 lengths behind the comfortable winner, this was his chance to atone.
But only Reve De Sivola, third at Newbury and last year's Long Walk winner, survives from that race to leave At Fishers Cross which the bookmakers suggest should be a straightforward challenge for a horse that had won his previous six starts.
Tony McCoy, missing when At Fishers Cross made his seasonal reappearance because of he was riding My Tent Or Yours at Newcastle the same day, returns to try to enhance a record of only one defeat in eight rides on the horse and the ground conditions will be more to their liking.
Trainer Rebecca Curtis said: "The ground should be ideal this time and I am hoping we will see a different horse at Ascot.
"At Fishers Cross did make a bad mistake at Newbury but it was his first run of the season and we know from last year with the horse he was never a great jumper in his first couple of runs and he just seemed to improve as the season went on.
"He and AP were a good partnership last year and he knows the horse well. That has to be a benefit for him, no disrespect to Barry Geraghty at all."
A field of five will contest the Grade 1, with the Nick Williams-trained Reve de Sivola looking the biggest danger to At Fishers Cross.