Speaking of Equine: The champion possesses the caliber to replicate their victory at Ascot in 2021.

Looking to rediscover his form and surpass the two-time Long Walk Hurdle winner Paisley Park, an eleven-year-old returns from a break.

In the British season’s first Grade One hurdle race, an 11-year-old emerged as the winner. In the upcoming renewal at Ascot on Saturday, both Champ and Paisley Park, who have won the Long Walk Hurdle for the past three years, will be competing.

When this race was moved to Kempton’s Boxing Day card in 2022, Champ, who was the favorite, disappointingly lost to a resurgent Paisley Park. However, two years ago, Champ won with ease, and his triumph in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury in November 2022 demonstrated his ability to perform at a high level. Additionally, Nicky Henderson’s gelding has a remarkable record in his first race after a break and has undergone a wind operation since his last outing at Aintree in April. If this helps Champ (2.25) recapture his best form, he could be a formidable competitor in Saturday’s race.

In the Haydock 1.30 race, Eleanor Bob showed enough potential to suggest that she maintains the ability she displayed as a novice in 2021-22, considering she returned after a 21-month absence. Her best performance that year was a four-length victory off a weight of 114, and in this race, she is only 4lb above that weight.

Triple Trade, who finished third behind Boothill at the previous meeting in Ascot 1:50, could potentially secure another victory off a similar mark if given an extra couple of furlongs. A two-mile-two trip may work in his favor.

In Haydock 2:05, the Class Two conditions hurdle at Cheltenham’s November meeting has produced strong form. The winner, Blueking D’Oroux, followed up with success in a Grade Two event, and Spirit D’Aunou (4th) won a valuable handicap at Sandown earlier this month. Bois Guillbert, who finished third, is returning to handicapping just 5lb higher than his successful run at Kelso in October.

Blackjack Magic, who won impressively in the Badger Beers Chase at Wincanton on his return, seems more than capable of overcoming a 6lb increase in the ratings in Ascot 3:00.

The final race in Britain before the Christmas break, Ascot 3:35, has many punters relying on one of Nicky Henderson’s two runners to secure winnings for Boxing Day. The favorite, Iberico Lord, has been given an 8lb raise following his victory in the Greatwood at Cheltenham, while stablemate Impose Toi has been given a 10lb raise for his recent success. Both could be vulnerable to an unnoticed competitor. Altobelli and Hrd are also improving, but at the current odds, Moveit Like Minnie at around 25-1 could be an excellent each-way bet. The six-year-old is aiming for a hat-trick following two wins at smaller venues, where he recorded decent times. Finn Lambert’s 5lb claim nearly offsets his latest 6lb increase.

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