13:15 Ascot

Saturday 15 February 2020

All13:1513:5014:2515:0015:3516:1016:45

    Thames Materials Novices' Hurdle

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 2  |   2m 3f 58y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   4 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:15  |   Winning time: 4m 48.12s
1st
Horse silk
2
6/4
T: P J HobbsJ: B J Geraghty
Jumped well, tracked leader, led 2 out, over 3 lengths ahead last, stayed on strongly to go further clear run-in, impressive op 11/8
2nd
Horse silk
6 ½
3
9/2
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Raced keenly, held up in 4th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, 3rd next, went 2nd before the last, stayed on same pace, no chance with easy winner tchd 4/1 and tchd 5/1
3rd
Horse silk
6
1
5/4f
T: C L TizzardJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
Led, hit 4 out and next, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened into 3rd before last op 11/8
4th
Horse silk
3
4
14/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Tracked leading pair, hit 3rd, weakened 2 out op 22/1 tchd 25/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.10EX:£6.00Trifecta:£11.00SF:£8.00

Forecasts

Master Debonair (5/4), Sporting John (6/4), Pipesmoker (9/2), Torn And Frayed (14/1)

Verdict

The exciting Sporting John defends his unbeaten record, while Nicky Henderson's Pipesmoker demonstrated obvious signs of ability when finishing third on his hurdles debut at Cheltenham (form franked since). However, the form standard is undoubtedly set by the ultra-talented MASTER DEBONAIR. He was always in full control when taking the scalp of the Nicky Richards-trained Ribble Valley (fourth placed McFabulous a winner since) in a strong looking Grade 2 Kennel Gate Hurdle here prior to Christmas. By Yeats out of the 2m-2m5f hurdle winner Swincombe Flame there's no reason whatsoever to envisage a scenario where he's troubled by stepping up in trip.
  1. Master Debonair
  2. Sporting John
  3. Pipesmoker

Previous Winners

2019
Dashel Drasher
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 6
7/1

Prize Money

1st: £15,640.002nd: £4,620.003rd: £2,310.004th: £1,155.005th: £578.006th: £290.00

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