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Abseil sneaks into Hunt Cup

Antepost favourite Abseil sneaked in near the foot of the weights following the final declarations for Wednesday's Royal Hunt Cup.

The news will come as a huge relief to many punters after the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old was heavily supported for the valuable one-mile handicap following an impressive success at Epsom on Oaks day.

James Doyle takes the ride on the Khalid Abdullah-owned Abseil, with Ryan Moore booked to partner William Haggas's Queensberry Rules, who hasn't raced yet this season.

Lincoln hero Ocean Tempest tops the weights and his trainer John Ryan has secured the services of 7lb claimer Joe Doyle to help ease the burden.

Roger Varian's Faraaj and Trumpet Major from the Richard Hannon stable are also near the top of the handicap, while Hannon also runs Sea Shanty, a recent winner at Sandown.

Other leading contenders to have stood their ground are Gabrial's Kaka, Chil The Kite and last year's winner Belgian Bill.

Sweet Lightning was the final horse to make the cut in the maximum 30-runner field, with Red Avenger, Lawmans Thunder and Yeager the three reserves.