Iron Stand 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle 2m 6f

  • (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 3, 9 runners)
  • Winner £5,630 2nd £1,663 3rd £832 4th £416 5th £208 6th £104
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 29.50s
  • Off time: 13:00:25
Full result
Result 13:00 Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 7 Royal Boy 7/4f
2nd 1 Big Hands Harry 6 12/1
3rd 6 Pleasant Company 10 9/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1
RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Big Hands Harry 236
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A Tinkler
  • Form: 1
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 N J Henderson A Tinkler 12/1
2 0
Dark blue, light blue hoop, light blue sleeves, dark blue stars, light blue cap Donapollo 61
  • T:Ian Williams
  • J:W Kennedy
  • Form: 0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 Ian Williams W Kennedy 100/1
4 19-
YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Mac's Return (IRE) 317
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 19-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 10/1
5 2/4F211-
Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap Medieval Chapel (FR) 277
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Nico de Boinville
  • Form: 2/4F211-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville (5) 14/1
6 2-11
BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap Pleasant Company (IRE) 48
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 2-11
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 D Pipe T Scudamore 9/4
7 1/23-3
White, black cap Royal Boy (FR) 25
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1/23-3
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 133 7/4f
8 3
Purple, Emerald Green chevron, Emerald Green cap Sacramento King (IRE) 215
  • T:J A Geake
  • J:Gerard Tumelty
  • Form: 3
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 J A Geake Gerard Tumelty 100/1
9 41-
Black, pink seams, diamonds on sleeves and cap Such A Legend 300
  • T:K C Bailey
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: 41-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 K C Bailey S Thomas 25/1
10 1-31
Dark blue, red chevron, armlets and diamond on cap Tara Road 13
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 1-31
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 154 11-0 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 4/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
3 1113-3
Harry's Farewell 33
  • Nag Me
  • T:P Gundry
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 1113-3
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 P Gundry Nick Scholfield NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Ballytober
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
6 11-0 P J Hobbs R Johnson 11/2
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In depth

Verdict

A very tricky opener with plenty of potential on display. Pleasant Company has to be of interest having trotted up in a bumper here on his debut under Rules. He won over 3m between the flags. Tara Road won a Chepstow bumper earlier this month but the proximity of runner-up Ebony Empress probably gives him a bit to find with Pleasant Company on the form book. Harry's Farewell will be better for his third at Fontwell while Mac's Return must be better than he showed at Ludlow in February but we'll give another chance to ROYAL BOY. This looks a confidence-booster after a traumatic first run over fences last month but he's the form pick on his hurdle form behind Melodic Rendezvous last season and Barry Geraghty prefers him to stablemates Big Hands Harry and Medieval Chapel.

Formwatch

Harry's Farewell 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and no extra from last, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Cole Harden (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.

Royal Boy (FR) 10-11fav (11-5) Tracked leading pair, mistake and lost 3rd 8th, never travelled or jumped with any fluency after, struggling when jumped slowly 4 out, no chance after, left poor 3rd and hampered 3 out, 3rd of 4, 44l behind Baby Mix (11-4) at Kempton 2m 4f (3) gd in Nov.

Big Hands Harry 5-1 (10-11) Mid div, 5th 1/2 way, prog 3out, 2nd 2out, rnd to chal bef last, better jump, kow to line, won at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Master Dee (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.

Pleasant Company (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Made all, came clear final 2f, kept on strongly, eased nearing finish, unchallenged, won at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gs in Nov beating Rhapando (11-0) by 8l, 10 ran.

Medieval Chapel (FR) 7-4 (11-4) Ww, prog to tr ldrs 4out, ld 2out, sn went on, won at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Thornleigh Ben (12-0) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.

Tara Road 4-6fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, won at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs beating Ebony Empress (10-9) by 2l, 8 ran.

Sacramento King (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Twrds rr, prog in 5th by 5th, last 6out & 7th 3out, cl en 3rd 2out until no ex in 3rd bef last, kow fin, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Master Dee (11-7) at Bartlemy 3m ire ptp sft in May.

Such A Legend 33-1 (10-11) Made all and soon clear, 100 yards ahead halfway, reduced lead 2f out, kept on well final furlong, unchallenged, won at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) gd in Feb beating Beat That (11-2) by 4l, 11 ran.

Donapollo 50-1 (10-12) Jumped slowly and ridden 6th, always in rear, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Warden Hill (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.

Mac's Return (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden after 8th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind One Conemara (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.