12:40 Ascot

Saturday 22 December 2018

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

    Foundation Developments Novices' Handicap Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 4  |   2m 7f 118y  |   Soft  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:40  |   Winning time: 6m 0.0s
1st
Horse silk
9
16/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Held up in rear, smooth headway after 3 out to track leaders before next, went 2nd before led last, came easily clear run-in op 14/1
2nd
Horse silk
7
13
40/1
T: P HendersonJ: Nick Scholfield
Chased leader, led 3rd until 5th, chased leader until before 4 out, led again soon after next, over 1 length ahead 2 out, headed last and easily outpaced run-in op 50/1
3rd
Horse silk
nk
1
512-2
11/2
T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass
Chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, outpaced on long run before next, rallied and kept on strongly run-in, almost snatched 2nd op 9/2 tchd 6/1
4th
Horse silk
¾
3
411-12
9/2
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. (5)
Raced keenly, held up, good headway on outside tracking leaders before 4 out, 2nd after next until before the last, lost 3rd towards finish op 6/1 tchd 4/1
5th
Horse silk
2 ½
2
20/1
T: L WadhamJ: Jack Quinlan
Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before next, weakened badly run-in
6th
Horse silk
7
7
5/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Mid-division, jumped slowly and reminder 2nd, headway to lead 5th, headed 3 out, chased leaders, weakened between last 2 op 15/2
7th
Horse silk
9
4
511-11
10/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Jamie Bargary
Chased leaders, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened tchd 9/1 and tchd 12/1
8th
Horse silk
½
11
25/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Always towards rear op 33/1
9th
Horse silk
32
5
611-11
40/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: N D Fehily
Held up and always behind, tailed off
10th
Horse silk
1 ½
12
7/2f
T: Ian WilliamsJ: R T Dunne
Never better than mid-division, towards rear and no chance when hampered 2 out, tailed off tchd 4/1
11th
Horse silk
10
8
20/1
T: D G BridgwaterJ: Tom Cannon
Towards rear, headway on inside before 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off op 16/1
12th
Horse silk
8
10
16/1
T: G R I SmylyJ: M Hamill (3)
Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, tailed off op 20/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
6
8/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Led until 3rd, chased leaders, 2nd before 4 out until soon after next, weakened and blundered 2 out, pulled up before last tchd 15/2 and tchd 9/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£21.20Pl:£5.60, £12.30, £2.10EX:£940.20Trifecta:£2,586.60Tricast:£3,934.47SF:£542.98Swingers:£64.30, £20.90, £33.70

Forecasts

Almost Gold (7/2), Annie Mc (9/2), It's Got Legs (5/1), Newtide (11/2), Ballygown Bay (8/1), Ballyart (10/1), Casko D'Airy (16/1), Minerfortyniner (16/1), Potters Hedger (20/1), Enrichissant (20/1), Fields Of Fortune (25/1), Big Man Clarence (40/1), Lough Ryn (40/1)

Verdict

ALMOST GOLD has taken a little time to get his act together over hurdles but he followed up the promise of his reappearance third when winning latest and he was doing all his best work at the end in each of those races so this step up in trip should see him improve further so he gets the vote to follow up. Newtide impressed with his attitude latest and this highly unexposed sort could have the class to overcome top-weight so he rates the main threat. Ballyart ran a very solid race latest so he is also one for the shortlist on handicap debut.
  1. Almost Gold
  2. Newtide
  3. Ballyart

Previous Winners

2017
One Of Us
Weight: 10-11  |Age: 5
13/2

Prize Money

1st: £6,758.002nd: £1,984.003rd: £992.004th: £496.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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