13:30 Ascot

Friday 23 November 2018

All13:0013:3014:0514:4015:1515:50

Royal Ascot Racing Club 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle

Class 3  |   2m 3f 58y  |   Good (Good to Soft in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 13:32:44  |   Winning time: 4m 38.9s

1st
6
6/4f
T: Mrs J WilliamsJ: Lizzie Kelly (3)
Made all, ridden and ran on flat op 7/4
2nd
2
5
511-0
9/4
T: N J HendersonJ: Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
In touch, headway 6th to track leaders, ridden to chase winner when not fluent 2 out, stayed on flat op 11/4 tchd 3/1
3rd
6
7
14/1
T: Ali StrongeJ: N D Fehily
In touch, ridden and headway 2 out, staying on when hit last op 16/1 tchd 18/1
4th
12
2
18/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Tracked winner until ridden soon after 3 out, weakened 2 out op 14/1
5th
5
8
7/2
T: O SherwoodJ: L P Aspell
In rear, headway to track leaders 3 out, ridden next, weakening when hit last op 3/1 tchd 11/4
6th
3
4
20/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Tracked leaders, tried to refuse 5th soon in rear, ridden and some headway 4 out, weakened next op 12/1
7th
41
3
50/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Keen early, in touch, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off

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Non-Runners

1
Breaking Waves27
Weight: 11-0|  Age: 4
T: Noel Williams  J: Wayne Hutchinson
Betting

Forecast

Moonlighter (6/4), Igor (9/4), Westbury (7/2), Breaking Waves (7/2), Scorpion Haze (14/1), Easter Eric (18/1), Geordie B (20/1), El Hageb Rose (50/1)

Verdict
BREAKING WAVES won a big field bumper on debut last season and acquitted himself well to start this campaign in a strong Cheltenham contest. One of seven hurdles debutants his bumper form encourages the most so he gets the nod here. Igor is the most feared rival purely based on the fact that he hails from the all-conquering Nicky Henderson yard which mops up novice hurdles at an unmatched rate. Moonlighter is the only horse with prior experience over hurdles and his third at Bangor offered enough encouragement to suggest he will go close.
  1. Breaking Waves
  2. Igor
  3. Moonlighter

Previous Winners

2017
Kildisart
Weight: 11-0  |Age: 5
Weight: 11-0  |  
Age: 5  |  
J: D A Jacob
  |  
T: B Pauling
11/4
Prize Money
1st:
£6,758.00
2nd:
£1,984.00
3rd:
£992.00
4th:
£496.00

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