Ascot Championship Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) 2m
- (4-6yo, 2m, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,264 2nd £2,351 3rd £1,177 4th £586 5th £295 6th £147
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 3.80s
- Off time: 15:40:17
|1st||2 Captain Cutter||11/4|
|2nd||4 Kings Palace||1¼||8/11f|
Boss In Boots (IRE) 289
|4||158 11-4||J W Mullins||A Thornton||20/1|
Captain Cutter (IRE)
|5||158 11-4||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||11/4|
|4||158 11-4||G L Moore||J E Moore||33/1|
Kings Palace (IRE) 18
|4||158 11-4||D Pipe||A P McCoy||8/11f|
Marmalade Man 393
|6||158 11-4||J W Mullins||W P Kavanagh (3)||33/1|
Moss On The Mill 47
|4||158 11-4||B I Case||W Hutchinson||50/1|
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 40
|4||158 11-4 t1||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||50/1|
|4||158 11-4||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||11/2|
Be My Present 657
|5||151 10-11||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||16/1|
||4||11-4||Jonjo O'Neill||Mr A J Berry||9/2|
CAPTAIN CUTTER, the only newcomer in this, is thrown in at the deep end but is superbly bred and Nicky Henderson must obviously think a bit of him. He could be good enough to edge out easy Plumpton winner Kings Palace. Tiqris was beaten less than two lengths at Chepstow in April on his first start under Rules and is another nice prospect while Boss In Boots and Golanova have shown some ability. Some of these may be too quick for ex-pointers Rockchasebullett and Be My Present however.
Captain Cutter (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Hollygrove Samba.
Kings Palace (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Raced keenly and soon led, clear 4f out, kept on strongly, heavily eased inside final furlong, very easily, won at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft beating Somchine (10-13) by 18l, 10 ran.
Tiqris 17-2 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Irish Buccaneer (11-4) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Be My Present 15-2 (10-1) In touch in mid-division, going well over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon ridden, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Mar '11 beating Cape Breton (11-2) by 4l, 12 ran.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 13-8fav (10-7) Took keen hold in touch, smooth headway over 5f out, soon chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Puffin Billy (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Marmalade Man 50-1 (10-11) Ran green in rear, steady headway 6f out, ridden and outpaced 4f out, rallied from over 1f out, went modest 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Barenger (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov '11.
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tr ldrs in 3rd, imp to ld 2out, kow run-in, won at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp gs in Nov beating Rolling Maul (11-7) by 2l, 11 ran.
Moss On The Mill 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway over 7f out, chased leadersd over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 20l behind King Spirit (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Golanova 7-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 12l behind Warden Hill (11-0) at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std.