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

Full Result

15:50 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Captain Chris (IRE) P J Hobbs 10 11-7 t R Johnson 8/11f
SP 8/11f Held up in rear, closed on inside 5th, not fluent 10th, led before 2 out, soon clear, eased close home opened 1/1 £2000-£2000(x2) £1000-£1000 £500-£500 £1000-£1100(x2) £550-£500
2nd 19 2 Cloudy Too (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 8 11-7 Jonathan England 7/1
SP 7/1 Prominent, not fluent 7th, led 4 out, headed before 2 out, soon beaten, stayed on one pace
3rd 12 3 Hunt Ball (IRE) N J Henderson 9 11-7 A Tinkler 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, lost place when not fluent 3rd, hit 9th, closed after 11th, outpaced from 4 out, no impression after hung right before 2 out, plugged on into 3rd last
4th 4 5 Medermit (FR) A King 10 11-7 R Thornton 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, pushed along 12th, struggling 13th, 5th and well held before 2 out, went 4th latter stages opened 11/1
5th 4 Kauto Stone (FR) P F Nicholls 8 11-7 b P Carberry 16/1
SP 16/1 Led, not fluent 8th, headed 4 out, weakened 2 out
6th 19 6 Riverside Theatre N J Henderson 10 11-7 b B J Geraghty 11/2
SP 11/2 In rear, some slow jumps and niggled along from 8th, never on terms and behind from 13th opened 5/1
PU 7 Rolling Aces (IRE) P F Nicholls 8 11-7 p1 N Fehily 15/2
SP 15/2 Held up in touch, closed 9th, ridden and lost place 4 out, well beaten after next, soon pulled up opened 7/1 touched 8/1
PU 8 Sunny Ledgend Andrew Martin 9 11-7 Mr J Martin 100/1
SP 100/1 Prominent, jumped left and not fluent 5th, lost place when not fluent 11th, weakened 13th, mistake 4 out, soon pulled up

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.60 Tote Place £1.10 £2.10 £4.20 Straight Forecast £7.10 Exacta £6.60 Trifecta £69.90 Swingers 1&2 £2.00, 2&3 £15.80, 1&3 £6.20

Placepot £129.30, Pool: £166908.31, 942.07 winning tickets
Quadpot £30.40, Pool: £10806.67, 262.85 winning tickets

Analysis

CAPTAIN CHRIS had a clear chance at the weights at a course that suits him down to the ground and he produced a very impressive display. He made a bad mistake when runner-up to Cue Card in last year's renewal and his jumping has sometimes let him down, particularly at Cheltenham where he has, on occasion, jumped markedly to his right but he wasn't far off from being perfect here and is clearly at the top of his game. Connections look set to chance their arm in the Gold Cup and it's worth remembering that he wasn't beaten too far in the Ryanair in 2012 as well as winning the Arkle in 2011 so his claims can't be completely dismissed on account of the course but he also has his stamina to prove for the trip and was well beaten in last year's contest; all in all, it's hard to see him playing a leading role despite the authority of this display. It's also questionable quite what he beat with Riverside Theatre running well below form and the majority of his rivals either having plenty to find or something to prove. That shouldn't detract from the performance but the result was arguably no more than he should have achieved. Riverside Theatre hasn't responded to headgear in two starts since winning the Peterborough Chase and it would be no surprise if that experiment was abandoned in the Ryanair. There was more encouragement for the stable from the run of Hunt Ball who ran an excellent race on ground that was too testing on his first start since returning from the States. He should be winning races once conditions turn in his favour although whether he has the stamina for the National, his reported target, is questionable. Medermit was another to make an encouraging return to the track; Alan King's grey holds entries at Cheltenham but connections may be tempted to wait for Aintree given this was his first run since he finished fourth in the Bowl at Liverpool in 2012. Cloudy Too ran right up to form and should continue to pay his way although his handicap mark won't make him easy to place. Kauto Stone showed no signs of emerging from his downward spiral while stablemate Rolling Aces disappointed in first time cheekpieces and something may have been amiss.