The Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot takes place this weekend and after the entries were announced it's shaping up to be the key World Hurdle trial of the season. There is no surprise to see triple World Hurdle winner Big Bucks entered for the race as he looks to continue his unbeaten run on Saturday. However the most interesting runner in the field looks to be the exciting grey Dynaste who was massively impressive last time out when winning at Haydock. The David Pipe horse hacked up on seasonal debut to win the same race won by Grands Crus last season and connections are hoping he could be every bit as good as his illustrious stable mate. We know Grands Crus was the only horse to give Big Bucks a race last season and it will now be interesting to see how Dynaste fairs against one of the legends of the sport in the Long Walk Hurdle.
Big Bucks has proven to be invincible in recent years but it is worth noting that he is yet to have a run at Ascot which might give his opponents on Saturday a chink of hope. The Paul Nicholls horse is the hot favourite in the World Hurdle Odds to win a fourth consecutive race at the Cheltenham Festival and few would argue with that assessment. He won the Long Distance Hurdle as he liked last month and Paul Nicholls has already stated he could be better than ever this season which is a worry for anyone taking him on. David Pipe must be congratulated for entering Dynaste against Big Bucks this weekend which clearly shows he thinks plenty of his young hurdler. Whether he has enough to get Big Bucks off the bridle is another question altogether though, either way it will be a race to keep a close eye on with Cheltenham in mind as we head towards March.