17:10 Ascot Fri 12 July 2019

  • Long Harbour Derek Lucie-Smith Memorial Handicap (Class 3)
  • 6f, Good to Firm
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£9,704.002nd£2,888.003rd£1,443.004th£722.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Result amended following stewards enquiry

Weighed In

Winning time:1m 12.93sOff time:17:13:53
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1
(2)
710-1OR: 96BFCD
5/1

Dual C&D winner; made all and held on in a determined manner when beating today's rival Vegas Boy by ½L here in May (soft); rock-solid in defeat since and is also very closely matched with Sunsprite; sits on a joint career high mark.

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2
(3)
810-0OR: 95D
14/1

Can usually be relied upon to put his best foot forward at this track (has solid historic 5f-6f form here); hasn't seen a great deal of racing in more recent times but should appreciate the ease in grade (from Class 2 handicaps).

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3
(9)
410-0OR: 95BF
8/1

Very low-mileage on turf, and over 6f (hasn't run on grass since his 2yo debut in June 2017); 3-6 over 7f on the AW; 10lb higher than when making all to beat Elerfaan by 3½L at Wolverhampton in April.

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4
(10)
39-9OR: 96D
8/1

Won three successive races during the summer of 2018 (5f-6f); kicked-off this season in a 6f Newbury Listed contest (sixth); very closely matched with Louie De Palma on the evidence of Windsor form; cheekpieces applied.

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5
(1)
39-7OR: 94D
20/1

Had a very successful juvenile season with four wins from nine starts, culminating with a short head success at Doha (7f, good) last December; more modest since and has plenty to prove against these opponents.

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6
(5)
79-6OR: 87CD
9/2

Without a win since May 2017 (over C&D) but there's no doubting that on his day he's a very talented sprint handicapper; 7lb lower than when fifth in this contest in 2018; very pleasing third at Haydock (6f) last weekend; of major interest.

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7
(8)
49-2OR: 83D
6/1

Just held (beaten ½L) by Louie De Palma over C&D in May and he's weighted to reverse those placings here; not as competitive since but on the plus side this sounder surface won't prove problematic and he's yet to finish out of the frame at Ascot.

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8
(6)
78-11OR: 78CD
20/1

Won this race by a short head in 2017 and was beaten a mere ¾L when bidding to defend his crown in 2018; is struggling for form of late and has work to do with Louie De Palma/Vegas Boy; not this year.

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9
(4)
38-9OR: 82BF
9/4

Placed on all three juvenile starts (6f), including when beaten two short heads by the subsequent Group 3 Greenham Stakes winner Mohaather at Nottingham in October; makes his belated handicap debut (N/R here in May due to soft ground).

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10
(7)
78-9OR: 74D
33/1

Better known for his winter AW exploits (5f-6f) and as a result he's able to compete from a much lower mark on turf (some 10lb or so); could find a more suitable opportunity in time; highly unlikely to play a hand in this contest.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
7Daschas48-1110/1Full Result
T: S C WilliamsJ: Edward Greatrex

Betting

Forecast

Swindler (9/4), Normandy Barriere (9/2), Louie de Palma (5/1), Vegas Boy (6/1), Margub (8/1), Sunsprite (8/1), Polybius (14/1), Lightning Charlie (20/1), Concierge (20/1), Doc Sportello (33/1)

Verdict

An interesting sprint which features no shortage of Ascot regulars, namely May's 1-2 of Louie De Palma and Vegas Boy. Others worthy of a mention include the eased-in-grade Polybius, the newly cheek-pieced Sunsprite and the out of form 2017 race winner Lightning Charlie. However, we'll row confidently in with the re-emerging NORMANDY BARRIERE who finished a close third to a couple of useful opponents at Haydock last week. He is very nicely handicapped from a reduced mark of 87 (more so when factoring in Izzy Clifton's 7lb claim) and with a very strong back catalogue of Ascot form on his CV he should go mightily close.
  1. Normandy Barriere
  2. Polybius
  3. Sunsprite

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