Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) 2m 5f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 5f 110y, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950 5th £3,990 6th £1,995 7th £990 8th £510
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 29.60s
- Off time: 15:53:28
|1st||1 Captain Chris||8/11f|
|2nd||2 Cloudy Too||19||7/1|
|3rd||3 Hunt Ball||12||20/1|
Captain Chris (IRE) 35
|10||161 11-7 t||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||169||8/11f|
Cloudy Too (IRE) 51
|8||161 11-7||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England||157||7/1|
Hunt Ball (IRE) 119
|9||161 11-7||N J Henderson||A Tinkler||161||20/1|
Kauto Stone (FR) 28
|8||161 11-7 b||P F Nicholls||P Carberry||152||16/1|
Medermit (FR) 674
|10||161 11-7||A King||R Thornton||159||12/1|
Riverside Theatre 51
|10||161 11-7 b||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||163||11/2|
Rolling Aces (IRE) 71
|8||161 11-7 p1||P F Nicholls||N Fehily||152||15/2|
Sunny Ledgend 27
|9||161 11-7||Andrew Martin||Mr J Martin||127||100/1|
||7||11-7||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||15/8|
The race had yet to develop when Riverside Theatre unseated Barry Geraghty in the King George but Nicky Henderson's charge looks to have it all on to confirm earlier Peterborough Chase running with CAPTAIN CHRIS on 10lb worse terms. Philip Hobbs' gelding, second in this last year, has easily turned around Huntingdon running with Champion Court at Ascot since and has 6lb and more in hand on his rivals according to official ratings. The Henderson yard also run Hunt Ball but he has something to prove after flopping in the States. There looks to be little to choose between the Paul Nicholls' pair Kauto Stone and Rolling Aces but the latter probably has more scope. Cloudy Too won the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day but has plenty to find off level weights against genuine Grade 1 chasers over a shorter trip and Medermit is best watched after a long absence.
Captain Chris (IRE) 15-8fav (11-10) Jumped well, raced on inside, tracked leading trio, slightly hampered 3rd, went 3rd 11th, 2nd before next, led 4 out, came well clear from 3 out, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Kempton 2m 4f lst chs (1) sft in Jan beating Champion Court (11-6) by 23l, 6 ran.
Cloudy Too (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Chased leaders, led 4 out, driven clear (no time taken), won at Wetherby 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec beating Tullamore Dew (10-0) by 10l, 8 ran.
Hunt Ball (IRE) (11-2) 9th of 11, 21l behind Divine Fortune (11-2) at Far Hills(USA) 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) fm in Oct.
Medermit (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inside, blundered 13th, 5th and outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, switched right after last, rallied flat, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Follow The Plan (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Apr '12.
Kauto Stone (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, led before 2nd, ridden and joined 3 out, headed well before 2 out, dropped to 3rd and no extra before 2 out, 3rd of 7, 26l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan.
Riverside Theatre 20-1 (11-10) Towards rear when blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Silviniaco Conti (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Rolling Aces (IRE) 8-13fav (11-11) Jumped well, led, driven between last 2, joined last, soon headed and not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 3, 7l behind Vino Griego (11-7) at Sandown 3m lst chs (1) gd in Dec.
Sunny Ledgend 14-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Oscar Prairie (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.