13:50 Ascot

Saturday 19 December 2020

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

    'For The Love Of Racing' Handicap Chase

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 2  |   2m 2f 175y  |   Heavy  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:50  |   Winning time: 5m 1.05s
1st
Horse silk
2
13/2
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, led before 9th, hit 2 out (normal 3 out) 3 lengths ahead last (normal 2 out), stayed on strongly op 11/2 tchd 7/1
2nd
Horse silk
6
12
1110-0
33/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Led until before 9th where dropped to 3rd, 2nd before 11th until before 3 out (normal 4 out) went 2nd again after next, 3 lengths down last (normal 2 out), just held on for 2nd, no chance with winner op 28/1
3rd
Horse silk
hd
8
8/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Patiently ridden in last pair, steady headway approaching 11th, chasing leaders when pecked 3 out (normal 4 out), kept on in 3rd before last (normal 2 out), closed on 2nd but no chance with winner op 13/2 tchd 17/2
4th
Horse silk
9 ½
11
15/2
T: D G BridgwaterJ: Brendan Powell
Chased leader until 7th, chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out (normal 4 out) until after next, weakened on long run before last, (normal 2 out) op 8/1 tchd 7/1 and tchd 17/2
5th
Horse silk
18
4
1011-4
40/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond (3)
Mid-division on inside, hit 11th, weakened and hit 2 out (normal 3 out) op 33/1 tchd 50/1
6th
Horse silk
12
7
8/1
T: H FryJ: Miss A B O'Connor (5)
Mid-division, pushed along and struggling before 3 out (normal 4 out) tailed off tchd 7/1
7th
Horse silk
9
1
7/1
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Chased leaders on inside early, dropped to mid-division at 7th, lost place and behind next, tailed off op 15/2 tchd 13/2

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
3
9/2j
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Raced out wide in mid-division, pushed along before 10th, weakened before next, behind and pulled up soon after op 6/1
PU
Horse silk
5
20/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Towards rear, mistake 5th, hampered next, pushed along and struggling before 10th, blundered next, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out (normal 4 out) op 16/1
PU
Horse silk
6
9/2j
T: T SymondsJ: David Bass
Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th until before 11th, chased leaders, weakened before 3 out (normal 4 out), pulled up in home straight op 11/2
PU
Horse silk
9
40/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Jamie Bargary
In rear, mistake 2nd, hampered 6th, never a factor, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out (normal 5 out) op 33/1
F
Horse silk
10
15/2
T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore
Closer tracking leaders when fell 7th tchd 7/1 and tchd 8/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£6.10Pl:£2.40, £7.30, £3.10EX:£210.40Trifecta:£3,292.70Tricast:£1,741.44SF:£196.29Swingers:£43.80, £12.50, £25.50

Forecasts

Saint Sonnet (9/2), Saint De Vassy (9/2), Bennys King (13/2), Mengli Khan (7/1), Enrichissant (15/2), Early Du Lemo (15/2), Smarty Wild (8/1), Drumcliff (8/1), Not Another Muddle (20/1), Gardefort (33/1), Theo (40/1), Kapgarry (40/1)

Verdict

An open handicap chase that could go the way of EARLY DU LEMO, who still looked well handicapped when a smooth-travelling second back from a long absence at Sandown recently. Ready Exeter scorer Saint de Vassy is also a big player and Mengli Khan appeals as a fascinating recruit for the Nicky Henderson stable.

  1. EARLY DU LEMO (FR)
  2. SAINT DE VASSY (FR)
  3. MENGLI KHAN (IRE)

Previous Winners

2019
Espoir De Guye
Weight: 10-11  |Age: 5
11/4

Prize Money

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

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