Ascot

  • 13:00 Iron Stand 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle2m 6f

  • Winner £5,630 2nd £1,663 3rd £832 4th £416
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 29.50s
  • Off time: 13:00:25
13:00 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Royal Boy (FR) 7/4
2nd Big Hands Harry 12/1
3rd Pleasant Company (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Big Hands Harry 236
4 11-0 N J Henderson A Tinkler 12/113.00
2 0 Dark blue, light blue hoop, light blue sleeves, dark blue stars, light blue cap Donapollo 61
5 11-0 Ian Williams W T Kennedy 100/1101.00
4 19- YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Mac's Return (IRE) 317
Beaten Favourite
6 11-0 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 10/111.00
5 2/4F211- Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap Medieval Chapel (FR) 277
5 11-0 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville (5) 14/115.00
6 2-11 BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap Pleasant Company (IRE) 48
Course Winner
5 11-0 D Pipe T Scudamore 9/43.25
7 1/23-3 White, black cap Royal Boy (FR) 25
Beaten Favourite
6 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 133 7/42.75
8 3 Purple, Emerald Green chevron, Emerald Green cap Sacramento King (IRE) 215
4 11-0 J A Geake Gerard Tumelty 100/1101.00
9 41- Black, pink seams, diamonds on sleeves and cap Such A Legend 300
5 11-0 K C Bailey S Thomas 25/126.00
10 1-31 Dark blue, red chevron, armlets and diamond on cap Tara Road 13
5 11-0 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 4/15.00
Non runners
31113-3Harry's Farewell611-0P GundryNick Scholfield

Verdict

A very tricky opener with plenty of potential on display. Pleasant Company has to be of interest having trotted up in a bumper here on his debut under Rules. He won over 3m between the flags. Tara Road won a Chepstow bumper earlier this month but the proximity of runner-up Ebony Empress probably gives him a bit to find with Pleasant Company on the form book. Harry's Farewell will be better for his third at Fontwell while Mac's Return must be better than he showed at Ludlow in February but we'll give another chance to ROYAL BOY. This looks a confidence-booster after a traumatic first run over fences last month but he's the form pick on his hurdle form behind Melodic Rendezvous last season and Barry Geraghty prefers him to stablemates Big Hands Harry and Medieval Chapel.