At Fishers ready for Long Walk

Rebecca Curtis reports At Fishers Cross to be ready to try to restore his reputation in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

Last season's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle hero blotted his copybook when meeting the second-last flight all wrong and stumbling on landing on his first run this term in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last month.

While Curtis has given her stable star some schooling in an attempt to to brush up his hurdling, she would like to see rain ahead of the Grade One over three miles and one furlong.

The JP McManus-owned six-year-old managed to stay on his feet to finish last of four behind Celestial Halo, though it ended his run of six victories.

"I just hope we get a bit of rain in Ascot to soften things up a bit," said the Newport trainer.

"He's schooled well at home since and he's in good form, so hopefully he should run well."