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
- Winning time: 4m 11.50s
- Off time: 16:24:33
|1st||4 Mountain King||11/10f|
|2nd||1 Wadswick Court||nk||9/1|
Wadswick Court (IRE) 40
|6||164 11-10||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||133||9/1|
Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 49
|5||164 11-10||A King||R Thornton||5/2|
Garrahalish (IRE) 35
|6||161 11-7||R Dickin||C Poste||128||20/1|
Mountain King 30
|5||161 11-7||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||11/10f|
Art Mauresque (FR) 91
|4||155 11-1||P F Nicholls||B J Geraghty||4/1|
Far West (FR)
||4||11-1||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||8/13|
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.
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.