Buzz (left) winning the Cesarewitch Handicap
Buzz (left) winning the Cesarewitch Handicap

Connections of Buzz say a tilt at the Long Walk Hurdle is next on the agenda after his win in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

The seven-year-old was a convincing winner over the weekend, recording a three-and-a-quarter length victory over nearest challenger Song For Someone in the Grade Two race. 

He is currently in excellent form after winning his previous race at Newmarket when coming home first in the 32-strong field in the Cesarewitch Handicap. 

Buzz was also second in the Aintree Hurdle back in April, losing narrowly to three-time Grade One winner Abracadabras. 

The grey has been tipped to shine in March's Cheltenham Festival with a tilt at the Stayers' Hurdle planned but, before that, he is set to race back at Ascot on December 18 in the Long Walk Hurdle.

It would represent a step up in distance for the son of Motivator, with two miles and four furlongs his most strenuous assignment to date. 

However, James Stafford - founder of Thurloe Thoroughbreds who own Buzz - says the Nicky Henderson-trained galloper is a "natural athlete" and is confident he can make the step up. 

Stafford was also delighted with his display on Saturday at Ascot despite the relatively quick turnaround from his last race. 

He said: "It was a great thrill to see him do that, especially as there is always the worry that he may not bounce back after his exertions in the Cesarewitch. 

"He was in great form and it was marvellous to see him do what we always thought he was capable of doing. He has always looked as if he wants two and a half miles and probably further - and he definitely wants further. 

"They went a good pace and it was a good test for them. It was a truly-run race and Song For Someone was always going to ensure there was a good pace. 

"As soon as we know everything is OK - and I think everything is OK, as he has come out of the race all right - the plan is to make sure he is tickety-boo for the Long Walk Hurdle on December 18." 

Paisley Park won last year's Long Walk Hurdle for the second time with Aidan Coleman steering Emma Lavelle's nine-year-old home.

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