12:40 Ascot

Saturday 21 December 2019

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

    Foundation Developments Novices' Handicap Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 4  |   2m 7f 118y  |   Heavy  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:40  |   Winning time: 6m 22.21s
1st
Horse silk
7
4/1
T: R H BucklerJ: Sean Houlihan (3)
Chased leader, led 2nd until after next, led again after 5th until after 7th, led again 2 out, soon clear, kept on strongly tchd 9/2
2nd
Horse silk
3 ¾
9
8/1
T: R RoweJ: J M Davies
Tracked leaders, 3rd when hampered on bend before 2 out, kept on into 2nd before the last, no chance with winner
3rd
Horse silk
9
5
16/1
T: Christian WilliamsJ: James Bowen
Kept wide throughout, chased leaders, led after 3rd until after 5th, led again after 7th, ridden and headed 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd before the last, no extra in 3rd run-in op 20/1 tchd 25/1
4th
Horse silk
8
3
7/2
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Chased leaders, went 2nd after 7th until not much room on rail when stumbled badly on bend before 2 out, no chance to recover op 3/1 tchd 11/4
5th
Horse silk
1 ¾
1
9/1
T: Martin SmithJ: L P Aspell
Chased leaders on outside, lost place 5th, never on terms after op 11/1 tchd 12/1
6th
Horse silk
16
6
10/1
T: B I CaseJ: J J Burke
Led until 2nd, chased leaders, weakened 3 out, tailed off tchd 11/1
7th
Horse silk
2 ½
2
9/4f
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
Held up in 6th, closer on inside 4 out, pushed along in 5th when hampered on bend before 2 out, weakened op 11/4
8th
Horse silk
7
10
25/1
T: P HendersonJ: James Best
Raced keenly in rear, tailed off

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
8
16/1
T: P HendersonJ: R Johnson
Pulled hard in rear, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next tchd 20/1

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Non-Runners

4
Horse silk
Pemberley24
Weight: 11-9|  Age: 6
T: Miss E C Lavelle  J: Adam Wedge
WD

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£5.10Pl:£1.80, £2.80, £4.20EX:£40.60Trifecta:£573.40Tricast:£468.71SF:£36.90Swingers:£6.50, £9.90, £22.20

Forecasts

March Is On (9/4), Easyrun De Vassy (7/2), Flowing Cadenza (4/1), Pemberley (7/1), Mister Murchan (8/1), Mister Tickle (9/1), Levasseur (10/1), Defuture Is Bright (16/1), Maasai Warrior (16/1), Our Nest Egg (25/1)

Verdict

Not a particularly easy race to unravel especially in the testing conditions. Paul Nicholls won this race last year with a 16-1 shot and his Easyrun De Vassy with cheekpieces on for the first time is of interest given his good second last time. Blinkers may induce an improved performance from March Is On but he like Pemberley look harshly handicapped. MAASAI WARRIOR is a fascinating contender making his handicap debut and with Richard Johnson booked, this test could well be what he needs to show his best. Flowing Cadenza is another who will appreciate this test (from the family of strong stayer Regal Flow) having looked to need further last time at Wincanton.
  1. Maasai Warrior
  2. Easyrun De Vassy
  3. Flowing Cadenza

Previous Winners

2018
Casko D'Airy
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 6
16/1

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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