13:15 Ascot Sat 19 January 2019
- Matchbook Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (Class 3)
- 2m 2f 175y,
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Lightly raced over fences but took record to two from four latest when cruising to success in a three-runner race at Musselburgh (two finished). More competitive here and 5lb rise for that win makes life tougher.
Yet to win over fences but never worse than fourth apart from once where he fell. Fourth here last time out despite a last fence mistake over 2m1f a fair effort but unchanged handicap continues to look high enough.
French chase winner upset subsequent impressive winner Mister Fisher on stable debut over hurdles. Third on first chase start for this yard latest at Haydock a pleasing enough effort and every chance there's more to come.
Exeter win last November his third over fences. Pulled up in only subsequent race last season and fell first time out this. Back on track latest when midfield at Ludlow despite a blunder two out but jumping remains concerning.
Lightly raced former point-to-point and maiden hurdle winner ran a promising race first time up over fences latest when a close third of six at Wetherby despite errors at the last two fences. Drops back dramatically in trip but genuine claims.
Won twice last season but six unsuccessful races this campaign not suggested he is currently well handicapped ability wise even though he's some way behind last season's winning marks. Others less exposed and more appealing.
Last Year's Winner
|T: H FryJ: Miss A B O'Connor|
Ecu De La Noverie (5/2), Wolfcatcher (7/2), Blue Flight (9/2), Risk And Roll (9/2), Un Prophete (6/1), Rock On Rocky (10/1)
- Ecu De La Noverie
- Blue Flight
Next Race Off
Ben Linfoot seeks out the value in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and the two big handicaps at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.
Top commentator Simon Holt has three selections for Saturday's racing including Captain Redbeard in the Peter Marsh Chase.
David Ord heads to Lingfield for the Nap of the day and hopes an Ed Walker runner can get off the mark now eased in the weights.