Mountain King peaks at Ascot

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 18:08 GMT

A round-up of the rest of the action from Ascot, where Mountain King came from an impossible-looking position to win.

Longsdon: Gained compensation for injury to Ely Brown
Longsdon: Gained compensation for injury to Ely Brown

The earlier Betfair Ascot Chase victory of Captain Chris sparked a double for the same connections as Mountain King (11/10 favourite) took advantage of a last-fence fall by leader Wilde Blue Yonder to land the Ascot Sponsors' Club National Hunt Novices' Hurdle.

Hobbs said: "He was a bit lucky - the leader had the race at his mercy. He stayed on well but there are no big plans for him.

"He's still very green and we will look for a small race for him next."

Kaylif Aramis (11/2) delivered his lines to perfection and landed a gamble under Ryan Hatch in the Great British Drama Handicap.

Carl Llewellyn, assistant to winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, said: "He loves it soft and he also loves a stiff track like Ascot.

"Heavy ground is ideal for him and I suppose we could find a race for him at Cheltenham if it does come up soft."

A Vos Gardes (7/2) remained unbeaten and showed a willing attitude in taking the Millgate Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race in the hands of 7lb claimer Charlie Deutsch.

The four-year-old, a cheap purchase from the Deauville breeze-up sales, idled when he hit the front but had enough to repel the challenge of Onderun by a length.

Trainer Charlie Longsdon said: "It makes up for Eli Brown being injured earlier in the day. Ascot has not been the luckiest of tracks for us, but this is a good little horse.

"He gets all the allowances and Charlie's 7lb claim is useful. He gave him a good ride, although he hit the front a shade too soon.

"He will probably go jumping and he's really a horse for next season."


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