Richard Johnson at his brilliant best

Richard Johnson was at his brilliant best as he drove Reve De Sivola to victory in the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

The jockey set out to make all the running and the eight-year-old handled the testing conditions better than his rivals. He was also claiming back-to-back wins in the valuable Ascot feature.

Favourite At Fishers Cross jumped sketchily and was already beaten when ditching AP McCoy at the last while the hard luck story was Salubrious who was going well when making a bad error two out.

Johnson said: “He’s a very honest horse but he’s also a very good horse. We know soft ground suits him very well.”

Reve De Sivola is likely to go straight for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March for which he was last night cut to 10-1 from 25s with both Stan James and William Hill.

Trainer Nick Williams said: “He crashed through a couple but on softer ground like this he can really let himself down.”

Dan Skelton secured his biggest success as a trainer when Willow’s Saviour landed The Ladbroke at Ascot. Ridden by Skelton’s brother Harry, he was rattling off a hat-trick at the bottom of the handicap.

Dan said: “I just can’t believe it. The whole day has been magic.”

Source: Daily Star 22 December 2013

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