Reve de Sivola may try for a second successive win in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot next month after recording an amazing victory at Auteuil on Saturday.
The eight-year-old, trained by Nick Williams, came from last place to pass his six remaining rivals and find 10 lengths on the run-in to snatch the Grade One Grand Prix d’Automne by a length from Lord Prestige in the final strides.
“Nick had told James (Reveley, jockey) just to keep riding as he keeps plugging away. He won the Challow Hurdle like that,” said owner Paul Duffy.
“That’s four Grade Ones he’s won now. What a horse and he only cost 6,000gns. His brother cost five times as much and at the moment he’s not showing much.
“We might think about the Newbury race (Long Distance Hurdle), but the likelihood is if he’s recovered in time hopefully he’ll go to Ascot again (December 21). We are keeping our options open. We don’t want to over-face him. He runs quite well fresh.”
Duffy relived the drama of the closing stages of the three-mile race run in testing conditions at the Paris track.
“He was plum last coming around the bend and we were just thinking he might get seventh and get our money back for the travel,” he said.
“Then we thought he might get sixth now, then a horse fell, so it looked like we’d be fourth, then third and then, wow, he won. I’m just about getting my voice back after shouting so hard.
“James couldn’t believe it. The other horses were just stopping. Someone told me afterwards that the complexity of races change a lot in the straight at Auteuil.
“The ground was pretty heavy and it suited Reve.”
Saturday’s �135,000 triumph took Reve de Sivola’s total earnings to over �427,000.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines