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Luska remains in Ladbroke mix

The John Hanlon-trained Luska Lad remains as one of the joint top weights in Saturday's Ladbroke at Ascot.

The only Irish contender shares top spot in the handicap with last season's totesport Trophy victor Get Me Out Of Here from Jonjo O'Neill's yard and the Philip Hobbs-trained Nearby.

Ante-post favourite Aegean Dawn is among 34 five-day entries for ultra-competitive heat. The five-year-old has looked something special so far and is unbeaten in four starts.

His trainer Nicky Henderson has a second string to his bow in Oscar Whiskey in what is likely to be a maximum 21-strong field for this valuable handicap hurdle over two miles.

Mille Chief, who was a creditable runner-up to Aegean Dawn over this course and distance last month, is expected to be one of two runners from the Alan King stable.

"Mille Chief will run and Salden Licht will probably run. I've taken Manyriverstocross out of the race. That's my plan," said the Barbury Castle trainer.

"Mille Chief will come on again for his run. I'm very happy with him and he worked well on Saturday. We'll see how it goes."

Other interesting possibles in an extremely competitive heat include Paul Nicholls' Toubab, David Pipe's Notus De La Tour, Emma Lavelle's Tocca Ferro, Brian Ellison's Bothy and the Donald McCain-trained Drill Sergeant.

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