Ascot

  • 14:00 Mitie Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 56.58s
  • Off time: 14:00:36
14:00 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Irving 11/4
2nd Volnay De Thaix (FR) 4/5

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Irving 28
Course and Distance Winner
5 11-7 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 11/43.75
2 312134 Purple, orange seams, orange cap Massini's Trap (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
4 11-7 J Nash A P McCoy 134 16/117.00
3 4111 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap Volnay De Thaix (FR) 22
Distance Winner
4 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 138 4/51.80
4 51 Black, black and maroon striped cap Prince Siegfried (FR) 38
Distance Winner
7 11-4 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 18/119.00
5 64-4241 Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Splash of Ginge 13
5 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 135 6/17.00
6 24-11 Royal blue, dark green sleeves, pink armlets, pink cap Long Lunch 60
Distance Winner
4 11-0 t1 C E Longsdon N D Fehily 20/121.00

Verdict

Volnay De Thaix never came off the bridle in beating three ordinary rivals at Newbury last time but this is easily his toughest task to date. IRVING again showed a decent turn of foot to score here four weeks ago having made a winning start over hurdles at Taunton. He won on the soft on the level so the easier ground won't be a problem and Paul Nicholls' five-year-old can improve again to beat Huntingdon scorer Prince Siegfried and easy Aintree winner Splash of Ginge. Long Lunch's Plumpton success hasn't worked out but Massini's Trap has some decent form in Ireland and came up against Jezki at Down Royal on his latest start.