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Elgin heads a field of 17 for the Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

The Alan King-trained five-year-old has been in sparkling form so far this season winning over the course and distance and taking the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Nicky Henderson has lifted this prize, formerly known as The Ladbroke, four times, including with Brain Power 12 months. The Seven Barrows handler is two-handed with ante-post favourite Charli Parcs and Verdana Blue, who was a tidy winner on this track a month ago.

Other trainers doubly represented are Seamus Mullins, with Chesterfield and Fergall, and Evan Williams through Silver Streak and Evening Hush.

The three Irish raiders are Willie Mullins’ Bleu Et Rouge, the mount of Barry Geraghty, Tom Mullins’ Top Othe Ra and Veinard from Gordon Elliott’s stable.

Completing the list are Divin Bere, now with Paul Nicholls, Air Horse One, Caid Du Lin, Nietzsche, Hunters Call, Magic Dancer and Man Of Plenty.

Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation, who had been second favourite with some bookmakers, was not among the final declarations. The other three withdrawals were Poppy Kay, Gassin Golf and Clayton.

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