Friday 23 November 2018
Royal Ascot Racing Club 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle
Class 3 | 2m 3f 58y | Good (Good to Soft in places) | 7 Runners | Turf
Off time: 13:32:44 | Winning time: 4m 38.9s
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Weight: 11-0| Age: 4
T: Noel Williams J: Wayne Hutchinson
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)
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.
- Breaking Waves