Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 1, 4 runners)
- Winner £50,643 2nd £19,080 3rd £9,549 4th £4,770 5th £2,394 6th £1,197 7th £594 8th £306
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 2.40s
- Off time: 14:47:24
|1st||2 Oscar Whisky||8/15f|
Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 34
|8||162 11-8 t||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||160||7/1|
Oscar Whisky (IRE) 224
|7||162 11-8||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||165||8/15f|
Brampour (IRE) 34
|5||158 11-4||P F Nicholls||Harry Derham||159||9/1|
Raya Star (IRE) 21
|6||158 11-4||A King||R Thornton||155||4/1|
||7||11-0||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||5/2|
Another high-quality turnout in which Get Me Out Of Here and Brampour are weighted to finished upsides after finishing one-two on their respective seasonal reappearances. The former is taken to confirm placings though and also enjoys a fitness advantage over OSCAR WHISKY. However, the Henderson contender is a really top-notch contender and faces his optimum trip on this first run of the new campaign. He remains the one to beat on the best of his form and can score before going on to enjoy another successful campaign. The 2012 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner, Raya Star, continues to progress with racing and deserves a shot at this level. He will certainly not be inconvenienced by the soft ground as he scored under such conditions when landing The Ladbroke in 2011.
Oscar Whisky (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Tracked leader before 2nd, challenged 2 out, led before last, edged slightly left and driven flat, held on, won at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr beating Thousand Stars (11-7) by nk, 5 ran.
Raya Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, good headway approaching 2 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching last, led flat, soon strongly pressed and driven, on top towards finish, won at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs beating It's A Gimme (10-12) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Brampour (IRE) 11-10fav (11-8) Tracked clear leader, closed after 3 out, led and not fluent 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Get Me Out Of Here (11-8) at Kempton 2m hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 2-1 (11-8) Held up in 3rd, closed after 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, ridden out, won at Kempton 2m hdl (2) gd in Oct beating Brampour (11-8) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.