Giant scrapes in

Supporters of Jack The Giant breathed a sigh of relief when the ante-post favourite just made the cut for the Ladbroke at Ascot tomorrow.

Supporters of Jack The Giant breathed a sigh of relief when the ante-post favourite just made the cut for the Ladbroke at Ascot tomorrow.

Nicky Henderson’s charge sneaked into the final place in a maximum 18-strong field for the valuable handicap hurdle after picking up a 6lb penalty for winning at Cheltenham a week ago.

The weights are headed on 11st 12lb by the Nicky Richards-trained Premier Dane - although Fearghal Davis will take 7lbs off to leave French Saulaie shouldering top-weight of 11st 11lb.

Philip Hobbs has a strong hand with the well-fancied Missis Potts also running along with the last-named horse.

Other double-handed trainers are Gary Moore (Altilhar and Heathcote) and Alan King, who runs Trouble At Bay and King’s Revenge.

Irish trainer Willie Mullins relies solely on Viso, while Victram, trained by Adrian McGuinness, is the only other runner from across the Irish Sea.

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