Unowhatimeanharry is the star name among 11 horses declared for the JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
The eight-year-old was one of the success stories of last season after progressing through the handicap ranks to claim Grade One glory in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and picked up where he left off with an impressive display in last month’s Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.
Making his second appearance in the colours of leading owner JP McManus, Unowhatimeanharry is a hot favourite to claim a seventh successive victory in Berkshire this weekend.
The market leader is re-opposed by Newbury runner-up Ballyoptic and the fifth Reve De Sivola, who won three consecutive renewals of this event between 2012 and 2014.
Neil King’s stable star Lil Rockerfeller returns to three miles after given the smart Yanworth a run for his money over a shorter distance in the Coral Hurdle at this venue last time out.
Alex De Larredya is an interesting contender from France, having struck at the highest level at Auteuil in early November.
Paul Nicholls runs Ptit Zig and Zarkandar, while Un Temps Pour Tout, Shelford, West Approach and Surtee Du Berlais complete the line-up.
Kotkikova and The Romford Pele were the only horses not declared.