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  • Captain Chris Glides To Ascot Chase Win

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

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f 110y, Class 1, 8 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, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 29.60s
  • Off time: 15:53:28
  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 16:37 GMT

Captain Chris and Richard Johnson came home in splendid isolation in the Betfair Ascot Chase.

Captain Chris comes home alone at Ascot
Captain Chris comes home alone at Ascot

The 8/11 favourite was well-backed and gave his supporters little cause for concern, bar two over-zealous leaps down the far side.

Johnson's mount was very enthusiastic but took off too early at both the eighth-last and seventh-last obstacles.

However those were the only blemishes in an otherwise faultless performance, one which saw him eased down at the line for a 19-length success.

Sue Smith's Clouty Too (7/1) ran a gallant race in second place, having tried to keep tabs on the winner turning in, whilst long-time leader Kauto Stone eventually faded and it was the returning Hunt Ball (20/1) who filled third place.

Riverside Theatre once again jumped poorly in blinkers and was one of the first under pressure, whilst Rolling Aces was another to disappoint, eventually pulling up.

Winning trainer Philip Hobbs said: "I'm delighted he's done what we hoped he would - he was very impressive!

"I honestly haven't looked through the programme book properly but there's nothing in March for him except the Gold Cup so we will consider it.

"There's more for him in April."

Johnson added: "That was very good. He was a little over-brave at the second and third on the back side but that's it.

"It's sticky ground and ideally we would have had some rain just to loosen the ground, and I was a bit worried that I'd be on my own turning in as I committed early.

"It's a shame the Gold Cup isn't run this way round, but it was nice for him to win a good race."

Sky Bet were impressed with his win, cutting the 10-year-old to 25/1 (from 40s).

Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "It was hard not to be impressed with the style of his win and having won at Cheltenham before, he could yet play a hand in what looks an open Gold Cup."


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