Ascot Sponsors' Club 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (5k Field Size Bonus Race) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 2, 5 runners)
  • Winner £9,384 2nd £2,772 3rd £1,386 4th £693 5th £346 6th £174
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 11.50s
  • Off time: 16:24:33
Full result
Result 16:20 Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Mountain King 11/10f
2nd 1 Wadswick Court nk 9/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 14-1711
Dark Blue and Light Blue stripes, Light Blue sleeves, Dark Blue stars, Light Blue cap Wadswick Court (IRE) 40
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 14-1711
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
6 164 11-10 C E Longsdon N Fehily 133 9/1
2 20-11F
Dark blue, white cross belts, red and white hooped sleeves and cap Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 49
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 20-11F
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 164 11-10 A King R Thornton 5/2
3 32-431P
Yellow, dark blue stars, hooped sleeves, striped cap Garrahalish (IRE) 35
  • T:R Dickin
  • J:C Poste
  • Form: 32-431P
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 R Dickin C Poste 128 20/1
4 811
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Mountain King 30
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 811
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 161 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 11/10f
5 11127
Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Art Mauresque (FR) 91
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 11127
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 155 11-1 P F Nicholls B J Geraghty 4/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Far West (FR)
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
4 11-1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 8/13
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In depth

Verdict

Wadswick Court made all and never looked like being caught at Southwell last month. He's probably capable of better but this represents a steep rise in class and he has to give 3lb to MOUNTAIN KING. Philip Hobbs' five-year-old was most impressive on his hurdling debut at Ludlow and the third is a good yardstick. The well-beaten fifth also went close in a decent contest at Doncaster next time. The four-year-old Art Mauresque is interesting with his allowance as he had smart form in France. But he needs to bounce back from a shocking effort in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in November. Wilde Blue Yonder still had every chance when falling at Newbury, however, and Garrahalish is no mug either.

Formwatch

Mountain King 11-8fav (11-4) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4th, led before 3 out, hit 2 out, clear before last, pushed out flat, easily, won at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Muckle Roe (10-11) by 12l, 13 ran.

Wadswick Court (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Made all, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Earth Amber (10-12) by 6l, 7 ran.

Art Mauresque (FR) 7-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Royal Irish Hussar (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Nov.

Garrahalish (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place after 6th, weakened before next, pulled up after, in a race won by Deputy Dan (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.

Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, joined 3 out, blundered 2 out, ridden and strongly pressed when fell last, in a race won by Stand To Reason (11-5) at Newbury 2m hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.