Mitie Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599 5th £804 6th £402
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 55.66s
  • Off time: 13:55:22

Full Result

13:55 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Molotof (FR) N J Henderson 4 11-7 B J Geraghty 2/1
SP 2/1 Raced widest of all, tracked leading trio, went 2nd 4 out, led narrowly 2 out, strongly pressed when blundered last, driven and stayed on to asssert final 100 yards £900-£400 £850-£400 £800-£400
2nd 2 Peckhamecho (IRE) Miss R Curtis 5 11-7 T Scudamore 13/2
SP 13/2 Led, headed 4 out, soon lost 2nd but stayed challenging under pressure, not much room on inside bend well before 2 out, ridden to chase winner between last 2, upsides last, every chance until no extra and held final 100 yards opened 6/1
3rd 5 3 Hazy Tom (IRE) C E Longsdon 5 11-4 R Johnson 10/11f
SP 10/11f Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden and not fluent when narrowly headed 2 out, chased winner until between last 2, soon no extra in 3rd opened 11/10 £1200-£1000(x3) £600-£500(x3) £360-£300 £1100-£1000(x2) £500-£500 £400-£400
4th 1 7 Heather Royal N J Henderson 5 10-11 D Bass 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up in rear, steady headway to chase leading quartett after 5th, ridden and one pace when left modest 4th 2 out, no impression when edged right flat £10000-£600
5th 9 6 Nazreef H Morrison 4 11-0 t Hadden Frost 100/1
SP 100/1 Took keen hold, held up in last pair, last and struggling after 5th, never on terms after, left modest 5th 2 out
6th 22 8 The Strawberry One D W P Arbuthnot 6 10-11 D A Jacob 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up in 5th, reminders and struggling after 5th, tailed off opened 16/1
F 5 Bin End F Brennan 5 11-0 C Timmons 100/1
SP 100/1 Chased leaders, slightly hampered on bend well before 2 out, ridden in 4th when fell 2 out
NR 4 Banyan Tree (IRE) Mrs S Leech 4 11-0 Timmy Murphy

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.80 Tote Place £1.60 £2.50 Straight Forecast £14.41 Exacta £15.80 Trifecta £20.90 Swingers 1&2 £1.90, 2&3 £1.90, 1&3 £1.10

Jackpot £5,555.50, Pool: £21320.68, 4.5 winning tickets
Placepot £105.20, Pool: £113617.27, 788.2 winning tickets
Quadpot £31.60, Pool: £8674.75, 202.9 winning tickets

Analysis

The previously unbeaten Hazy Tom's bubble burst on this step up in class although the ground was pretty testing and the softest that he'd encountered to date with connections feeling that the conditions were to blame. He was readily brushed aside by the first two home but showed a good attitude to rally and hold off the challenge of Heather Royal for third. He's worth another chance to prove up to this level on a sounder surface while the experience should also have done him some good as he still appears to have a little to learn about racing. He'll reportedly be given a break until the spring when it may prove worth stepping him up in trip. MOLOTOF is also due to go up in distance with Barry Geraghty reporting that he needs another half a mile which will give connections plenty of options as he hasn't looked short of speed thus far. He had his first start for Nicky Henderson in the Adonis Hurdle where he finished second to Zarkandar but proved rather disappointing behind the winner in the Triumph Hurdle after which he was put away. He had impressed in winning both starts this season and did so again here despite his bad mistake at the final flight from which he did well to recover. He has plenty of scope and should continue to progress although he does have to prove his effectiveness on a sound surface having only run on ground without soft in the description once when finishing down the field at Cheltenham. Peckhamecho was neck and neck with the winner until the final strides and ran a fine race on this significant step up in class. He's from a good jumping family and chasing over a longer trip will surely be his game in time but he can make his presence felt in this division first. Heather Royal is a half-sister to the useful pair Barbers Shop and Busker Royal and performed creditably in her search for some Black Type. This was an improved performance and she should be able to win at this level back against her own sex; although handicaps are an option, much will depend on how the assessor rates this form but an initial rating in the low 130s looks likely. Bin End is rated just 105 and his jockey was unable to claim his usual 7lbs; he was beginning to struggle when diving at the second last but was running a very respectable race up to that point and there was no fluke about his defeat of a well-regarded individual (who has admittedly been beaten since) at Leicester. On this evidence, he looks to be on an attractive mark and should prove capable of exploiting that back in the handicap ranks.