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  • Raya Stars In The Ladbroke

Ladbroke (Listed Handicap Hurdle) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 16 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: 3m 58.00s
  • Off time: 15:39:15
  • Last Updated: December 17 2011, 16:07 GMT

Raya Star (12-1) won the The Ladbroke at Ascot under a fine Wayne Hutchinson ride.

Raya Star (left): Battles to victory in The Ladbroke
Raya Star (left): Battles to victory in The Ladbroke

In a race run at an uncharactersically slow early gallop, he bided his time aboard Alan King's charge and was travelling noticeably well turning for home.

He challenged on the inside of the field and was in front shortly after the last.

The 12-1 winner found plenty for pressure to score by half-a-length from 40-1 chance Rigidity.

Alarazi (16-1) was third with 11-4 favourite Prospect Wells running well in fourth.

King said: "I am still a bit shocked as we don't normally win big handicap hurdles, in fact I think it is the first one we have won.

"After the Gerry Feilden at Newbury I thought this looked like the right place to go and he was at the right end of the weights.

"We might now look at the big handicap hurdle at Leopardstown at the end of January, but it is a 0-145 so we will have to study it a bit closer to the time."