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Tom George

The Worlds End bids to claim his third win from four starts this season in the Unibet Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock.

Tom George's charge made a flying start to the campaign when landing the Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby, before having to make do with minor honours in third behind star stayer Paisley Park and Thistlecrack in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.

Following the late defection of Paisley Park, The Worlds End made the most of what looked an excellent opportunity to strike Grade One gold at Ascot in December - seeing off the strong-travelling L'Ami Serge in the Marsh Hurdle.

George is optimistic his charge will be able to add to his tally today, before a likely rematch with Paisley Park in the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

"He's in good form," said the Cotswolds trainer.

"He's had a good preparation since his last race, and it looks a good stepping-stone.

"He's had a very good season already. He's won a Grade One and a Grade Two - and anything he does from this point is a bonus.

"He seems to be liking heavy ground as he's getting older, so everything looks to be in his favour.

"There's no Paisley Park to worry about, which is good!"

The Worlds End must concede 6lb to each of his five rivals on Merseyside, including Warren Greatrex's Emitom.

Unbeaten in his first five starts before chasing home Champ in a Grade One at Aintree, the six-year-old was a disappointing last of six on his return from a lengthy absence in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Greatrex is confident of a much improved display today.

He said: "I was disappointed with his return to action at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, but I put it down to him being rusty after an injury lay-off.

"He's in tip-top order now and has done plenty of schooling. His work has been very, very good - and we left him in the Stayers' Hurdle this week.

"It's a big day for him, but I would expect a much better run."

Grade Two honours are also up for grabs in the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle, in which David Pipe's Ramses De Teillee is the star attraction.

Former staying star Unowhatimeanharry is at the head of the weights for the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.

His rivals include last year's winner Sykes, Kilbricken Storm, the in-form Young Bull and Greatrex's Portrush Ted.

Belfast Telegraph