Reve De Sivola slams his Long Walk rivals
Report: Ascot, Saturday
Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m 1f, 4yo+
REVE DE SIVOLA galloped his rivals into the testing Ascot turf with a highly impressive romp in the Long Walk Hurdle.
In the absence of Big Buck's, the path was cleared for a horse to put himself in contention for leading honours in the staying hurdle division this season and Reve De Sivola marked himself out as a serious pretender to the hurdling great's crown.
Richard Johnson, who had moved on to 100 winners for the season earlier in the afternoon, was always happy to race prominently on the Nick Williams-trained seven-year-old and the pair crossed the line a comfortable 14 lengths clear of favourite Smad Place with Trustan Times back in third.
This was a third win at Grade 1 level over hurdles for Reve De Sivola who had switched back to this sphere to finish second behind Big Buck's at Newbury last time and such was the manner of his win he is now as short as 8-1 with William Hill to follow up at Cheltenham in March in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
A clearly jubilant Williams said: "He seems a much better hurdler than chaser. That last run was his first after a long lay-off with a leg injury and today it all went quite nicely.
"He was impressive He is a class horse now and we will have to look at the World Hurdle for him."
Sam Twiston-Davies sent Kayf Aramis into an immediate lead with Johnson the only other rider happy to go with him on the 9-2 chance. The pair opened up a lead of ten lengths or more over the others who closed up with less than a circuit to go.
Reve De Sivola took up the running racing down the side of the track, a position he remained in for the rest of the race, as he proved to be way too strong for the others in desperate ground and sauntered clear of a toiling field racing up the home straight.
The second and third were both eased in the betting for the World Hurdle in the immediate aftermath of Reve De Sivola's romp. Smad Place can now be backed at 20-1 with Betfred while Bet365 and Paddy Power go a best-priced 25-1 about Trustan Times turning the tables on the two who finished in front of him.