Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) 2m 5f 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f 110y, Class 1, 6 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
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 35.50s
  • Off time: 15:51:57
Full result
Result 15:50 Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Cue Card 15/8f
2nd 1 Captain Chris 6 11/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 U3P4-12
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Captain Chris (IRE) 52
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: U3P4-12
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 169
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 11/4
2 U212-15
ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 52
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: U212-15
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 165
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 165 15/8f
3 1/1211-4
White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 84
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1/1211-4
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 173
  • Naps:
10 161 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 173 7/2
4 468-133
Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Ghizao (GER) 51
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 468-133
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 155 12/1
5 731235
EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 7
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 731235
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-7bt
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
10 161 11-7 bt N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 129 66/1
6 24172-3
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 21
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 24172-3
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 165
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 165 9/2

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Riverside Theatre
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
8 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 13/8
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In depth

Verdict

Four of the six runners in this have won previously at Grade 1 level. Finian's Rainbow is one and there was clearly something amiss when he finished tailed off behind Captain Chris here in November. Connections are hoping a wind operation has cured the problem and he'll be a threat to all if rediscovering the form that saw him win last year's Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Melling Chase at Aintree. However, he was beaten fair and square by Somersby in last year's Victor Chandler and the latter ran well for a long way on his belated reappearance at Cheltenham behind Sprinter Sacre. Captain Chris was within inches of winning the King George on Boxing Day and has the beating of Ghizao on earlier form. CUE CARD was only fifth at Kempton but clearly didn't stay the trip and was eased. Back over 2m4f, we'll give another chance to Colin Tizzard's classy seven-year-old who is almost guaranteed to run his race and boasts top-class form in general.

Formwatch

Cue Card 5-1 (11-10) Blundered 1st, tracked leaders, 4th and outpaced before 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 9, 20l behind Long Run (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.

Captain Chris (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Held up in touch on inside, dropped to rear 9th, headway under pressure before 3 out, went 2nd next, soon ridden, led last, kept on, headed final strides, 2nd of 9, nk behind Long Run (11-10) at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.

Ghizao (GER) 10-3 (11-6) Led until 12th, ridden approaching 3 out, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd before last, one pace, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Menorah (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.

Somersby (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) In touch main group, close up 5th, went 2nd 9th, ridden and no chance with winner before 2 out, lost 2nd final 75 yards, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan.

Pigeon Island 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Wishfull Thinking (11-6) at Newbury 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft.

Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 5-6fav (11-11) Raced centre, held up in 3rd, mistake 9th, ridden and effort approaching bypassed 2 out, soon outpaced when switched right, 4th and tired when mistake last, eased flat, last of 4, 24l behind Captain Chris (11-1) at Ascot 2m 3f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Nov.