15:00 Ascot Sat 19 January 2019

  • bet365 Handicap Chase (Class 2)
  • 2m 5f 8y, Good to Soft
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£46,920.002nd£13,860.003rd£6,930.004th£3,465.005th£1,732.006th£870.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 14.7sOff time:15:01:36
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1
711-12OR: 152BFD
11/2

Winner of the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Festival last season and favourite for BetVictor Gold Cup there last time out but had to settle for fourth. Same mark here and remains competitive off it.

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2
811-10OR: 150C
12/1

Grade One winning novice in 2017 yet to add to that but encouraging fourth here over 2m1f two starts back before highly tried latest. 2lb lower than aforementioned fourth and no issue with longer trip so has each way potential.

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3
711-10OR: 150BFD
4/1

Dual Grade Two winning novice last season was third to Mister Whitaker first time out (4lb better off now) before his latest midfield run here. More needed now but longer trip in his favour and jockey selects over rival with sound claims.

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4
711-9OR: 149CD
7/2

C&D Grade Two winning novice last season improved in each start this season culminating in his third here latest in a similarly valuable 3m handicap where he looked to not quite last it out. This trip preferred and every chance of a bold bid now.

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7
811-5OR: 145
12/1

Found life tough since Aintree Grade One success with 10 winless races since spanning over next two seasons. C&D second three starts back one of his better races in that spell but lesser efforts since and higher mark here.

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8
811-3OR: 143CD
11/2

C&D winner of first start in 11 months here two starts back. Midfield latest in similarly valuable Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham off this 9lb higher mark but a bad error curtailed progress there so better is possible.

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9
811-2OR: 142CD
7/1

Won three small field novice chases last year and placed in other four starts. Continued good record when second to Mister Whitaker on return and after being brought down she again ran well at Cheltenham latest. Always goes well.

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10
1011-0OR: 140
14/1

Built on promise of Newbury third in second start this term when winning at Chepstow on Welsh National day latest. 7lb rise not unreasonable given same margin length wise but this is considerably classier contest.

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12
910-10OR: 136BFD
50/1

Winner twice in December 2017 but season rather tailed off although highly tried and over marathon trips latest two. Well beaten on return at Wetherby despite being joint fav so much more needed now.

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13
1010-9OR: 135BFCDWS
20/1

Five-time chase winner but not since 2016 and only once placed in five starts this season. Had a wind-op since latest substandard effort at Newton Abbot but might just need this run.

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Non-Runners

5
Jerrysback29
711-8OR: 148
T: P J HobbsJ: 2nd Preference
6
Belami Des Pictons440
811-6OR: 146
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
11
Divine Spear18
810-13OR: 139
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Acting Lass710-127/4
T: H FryJ: N D Fehily

Betting

Forecast

Benatar (7/2), Cyrname (4/1), Mister Whitaker (11/2), Mr Medic (11/2), Jerrysback (6/1), Happy Diva (7/1), Belami Des Pictons (8/1), Flying Angel (12/1), San Benedeto (12/1), Divine Spear (12/1), Doitforthevillage (14/1), Quite By Chance (20/1), Get On The Yager (50/1)

Verdict

A really tricky contest this but smart novices from last year BENATAR and Cyrname are both high on the list with the former, a C&D Grade Two winner last season preferred to the Paul Nicholls trained second season chaser who had similarly smart form last season. Ultra-consistent mare Happy Diva has never been out of the first three over fences apart from when she was brought down so will be hard to keep out of the frame again.
  1. Benatar
  2. Cyrname
  3. Happy Diva

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Cyrname

F: 1214-37

T: P F Nicholls

Ballymoy

F: 111-141

T: N A Twiston-Davies

Dickie Diver

F: 1-

T: N J Henderson

Ok Corral

F: 12125-1

T: N J Henderson

Camelia De Cotte

F: 4-11411

T: W P Mullins

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Cyrname

F: 1214-37

T: P F Nicholls

Ballymoy

F: 111-141

T: N A Twiston-Davies

Dickie Diver

F: 1-

T: N J Henderson

Ok Corral

F: 12125-1

T: N J Henderson

Camelia De Cotte

F: 4-11411

T: W P Mullins

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