15:35 Ascot

Saturday 23 December 2017

All12:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:35

    Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 7f 152y  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   17 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:36  |   Winning time: 3m 48.65s
1st
Horse silk
14
9/1
T: O MurphyJ: J W Kennedy
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, led on bit approaching 2 out, 2 lengths ahead last, stayed on strongly run-in op 12/1 tchd 17/2
2nd
Horse silk
3
12
8/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Mitchell Bastyan (5)
Took keen hold in mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 2 out, went 2nd last, ridden and kept on same pace run-in, no chance with winner op 6/1
3rd
Horse silk
1 ½
7
5/1f
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside approaching 2 out, went 3rd last, kept on same pace run-in
4th
Horse silk
1 ½
6
7/1
T: W P MullinsJ: B J Geraghty
Held up towards rear, smooth headway approaching 2 out, switched right before last, 4th and one pace run-in op 8/1
5th
Horse silk
1
17
40/1
T: Mrs S LeechJ: Sean Houlihan (7)
Held up and behind, good headway on outside chasing leaders before 2 out, 2nd and every chance 2 out, held when lost 2nd at the last, no extra run-in
6th
Horse silk
2 ¾
1
511-12
13/2
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on inside chasing leaders before 2 out, run flattened out and weakened last op 8/1
7th
Horse silk
½
16
9/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: Richard Patrick (5)
Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside run-in, no threat op 14/1 tchd 17/2
8th
Horse silk
1
9
33/1
T: T MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Chased leaders on outside, every chance 2 out, hung right and weakened between last 2
9th
Horse silk
nse
13
810-4
14/1
T: G ElliottJ: D F O'Regan
Held up towards rear, headway on inside approaching 2 out, weakened between last 2 tchd 16/1
10th
Horse silk
2
11
410-10
28/1
T: B EllisonJ: Henry Brooke
Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd 3rd, every chance when hit 2 out, ridden and weakened between last 2
11th
Horse silk
¾
5
7/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division on outside, weakened after 3 out, soon behind op 13/2
12th
Horse silk
½
10
25/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond (7)
Chased leader until 3rd, chased leaders, weakening when not much room approaching 2 out
13th
Horse silk
6
4
16/1
T: J W MullinsJ: Daniel Sansom (7)
Held up towards rear, some headway and plugging on when hampered 2 out, weakened tchd 25/1
14th
Horse silk
10
2
16/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost (5)
Keen in mid-division, headway chasing leaders approaching 3 out, weakened before next op 20/1
15th
Horse silk
13
3
10/1
T: H FryJ: N D Fehily
Mid-division, weakened 4 out, behind and no chance when hampered 2 out
16th
Horse silk
nk
8
1011-1
25/1
T: J W MullinsJ: Kevin Jones (5)
Chased leaders, weakened quickly after 3 out, , soon behind op 33/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
15
50/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Conor Ring (3)
Led, headed when fell heavily 2 out

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£12.50Pl:£3.30, £1.90, £1.90, £2.30EX:£126.40Trifecta:£957.40Tricast:£418.54SF:£80.68Swingers:£39.90, £17.70, £16.80

Forecasts

Verdana Blue (5/1), Elgin (13/2), Bleu Et Rouge (7/1), Charli Parcs (7/1), Silver Streak (8/1), Hunters Call (9/1), Magic Dancer (9/1), Air Horse One (10/1), Veinard (14/1), Chesterfield (16/1), Divin Bere (16/1), Caid Du Lin (25/1), Fergall (25/1), Nietzsche (28/1), Top Othe Ra (33/1), Man Of Plenty (40/1), Evening Hush (50/1)

Verdict

Nicky Henderson has a strong record in this and has two viable options in CHARLI PARCS and Verdana Blue. The former Triumph Hurdle favourite is preferred as he represents a year group that do well in this event and last year's defeat of Mister Blueyes has him on a mark that should be productive. The Greatwood winner Elgin will have to produce an astonishing weight carrying performance to land this, but Air Horse One goes well in this type of race and is weighted to go close. Bleu Et Rouge is worth checking in the market along with fellow Irish raider Veinard, but Divin Bere and Silver Streak may want better ground.
  1. Charli Parcs
  2. Air Horse One
  3. Verdana Blue

Previous Winners

2016
Brain Power
Weight: 11-11  |Age: 5
12/1

Prize Money

1st: £85,425.002nd: £32,055.003rd: £16,050.004th: £7,995.005th: £4,020.006th: £2,010.00

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