15:35 Ascot

Saturday 4 November 2017

All12:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:3516:05

    Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 7f 180y  |   Good  |   16 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:41  |   Winning time: 6m 4.7s
1st
Horse silk
6
7/1
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Aidan Coleman
Led to 7th, tracked leader, led again 9th, made rest, drew clear before 2 out, ridden between last 2, unchallenged after, kept on, eased towards finish op 8/1
2nd
Horse silk
4 ½
13
20/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Brendan Powell
Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 14th, driven and outpaced before 2 out, ridden between last 2, kept on, no chance with winner tchd 16/1
3rd
Horse silk
3
9
7/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Mid-division, hit 3 out, soon outpaced, chased leaders under pressure next, ridden between last 2, went 3rd last, kept on, not trouble front pair op 15/2 tchd 13/2
4th
Horse silk
3
15
10/1
T: R RoweJ: A Glassonbury
Mid-division, driven to chase leaders after 4 out, ridden and kept on same pace under pressure from 2 out, went 4th flat, not trouble leaders op 8/1 tchd 11/1
5th
Horse silk
4
16
710-4
4/1f
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
In touch, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, went 3rd next, never on terms, lost place last, gradually weakened flat op 7/1
6th
Horse silk
1
11
9/1
T: H FryJ: N P Madden
Mid-division on outside, outpaced 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on under pressure from last, never near leaders op 8/1 tchd 10/1
7th
Horse silk
nk
17
10/1
T: C L TizzardJ: S Bowen
Held up behind, outpaced 3 out, never near leaders tchd 9/1
8th
Horse silk
¾
10
11/2
T: H WhittingtonJ: Harry Bannister
Tracked winner, led 7th to 9th, in touch, lost place after 14th, driven after 3 out, weakened from last op 7/1
9th
Horse silk
6
7
910-13
25/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T J O'Brien
In touch, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, weakened from next op 20/1
10th
Horse silk
3 ½
12
16/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Jamie Bargary (3)
Tracked leaders, hit and lost place 14th, outpaced 5 out, behind from 3 out
11th
Horse silk
24
8
16/1
T: Miss E C LavelleJ: L P Aspell
In touch on outside, driven before 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before next, tailed off op 14/1
12th
Horse silk
2
3
33/1
T: A J HoneyballJ: R P McLernon
Held up, always behind, weakened 3 out, tailed off tchd 25/1
13th
Horse silk
15
18
50/1
T: S DurackJ: C O'Farrell
Held up, always towards rear, weakened 3 out, tailed off op 33/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
2
20/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost (5)
Held up in last pair, fell 1st op 25/1 tchd 33/1
UR
Horse silk
4
16/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: Mr James King (5)
Mid-division, blundered and unseated rider 5th op 20/1 tchd 25/1
PU
Horse silk
14
11/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: A P Cawley
Always behind, struggling 12th, soon lost touch, pulled up before 15th op 14/1

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Non-Runners

5
Horse silk
Bigbadjohn21
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 8
T: Miss R Curtis  J: Jonathan Moore
WD
1
Horse silk
Carole's Destrier312
Weight: 11-12|  Age: 9
T: N P Mulholland  J: N D Fehily
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£7.20Pl:£2.00, £4.40, £2.00, £3.30EX:£195.30Trifecta:£957.20Tricast:£1,053.53SF:£149.33Swingers:£24.40, £5.00, £21.70

Forecasts

Antony (4/1), Emerging Force (11/2), Go Conquer (7/1), Braqueur D'Or (7/1), Thomas Brown (9/1), Dark Flame (10/1), Fourth Act (10/1), Ballycross (11/1), Carole's Destrier (14/1), Ballykan (16/1), Junction Fourteen (16/1), Bigbadjohn (16/1), The Young Master (16/1), Rock Gone (20/1), Art Mauresque (20/1), Ultragold (25/1), Regal Encore (33/1), Meldrum Lad (50/1)

Verdict

An eagerly anticipated early season highlight, and the feature race on today's card at Ascot. Antony defends his crown after accounting for both Junction Fourteen (4½L runner up) and Fourth Act (8L fourth) in 2016, and he follows the same route into the race via Fontwell. However, unlike in 2016, he wasn't the winner at Fontwell, and this time around he was beaten 14L by the bold front running selection GO CONQUER. The Jonjo O'Neill trained winner is 7lb higher than for that success, but the overall form looks strong, with 2L runner up As De Mee taking a valuable contest for Paul Nicholls up at Kelso last weekend. Go Conquer stays this longer trip without any real problems, and unless it comes up very soft (most unlikely) this fast improving eight-year-old is fancied to break the hearts of his seventeen other rivals off the front end.
  1. Go Conquer
  2. Regal Encore
  3. Thomas Brown

Previous Winners

2016
Antony
Weight: 10-1  |Age: 6
11/1

Prize Money

1st: £56,950.002nd: £21,370.003rd: £10,700.004th: £5,330.005th: £2,680.006th: £1,340.00

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