Ladbroke gamble Totalize makes the cut for Saturday at Ascot

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Ladbroke gamble Totalize makes the cut for Saturday at Ascot

Wayne Hutchinson: Rides Totalize

Ante-post market mover Totalize has made the final field of 21 for Saturday's Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot.

The Brian Ellison-trained four year old was a 25/1 chance when betting re-opened for Saturday's showpiece handicap hurdle following Monday's acceptance stage but is now a general 8/1 shot following sustained support throughout the week.

The son of Authorized is set to carry 10-6 and will be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson.

The weights are headed by Paul Nicholls' smart four year old Ptit Zig (Daryl Jacob), a winner of a Grade One at Auteuil on his most recent outing, who carries 1lb more than the race favourite Rolling Star.

The latter is trained by Nicky Henderson who also runs Chatterbox who will be ridden by David Bass with Barry Geraghty aboard the shorter priced stablemate.

Nicholls also has a second string to his bow in Irish Saint (Nick Scholfield) while David Pipe is set to run six runners with Tom Scudamore electing to partner Greatwood Hurdle winner Dell' Arca.

The maximum field of 21 includes two entries from Ireland including Willie Mullins' promising novice City Slicker who sports the colours of JP McManus and will be ridden by the owner's retained jockey, perennial champion Tony McCoy.