Ascot

  • 13:55 Reading Post Novices' Handicap Hurdle2m 3f 110y

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 37.13s
  • Off time: 13:55:31
13:55 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Merehead (FR) 6/1
2nd Psi (USA) 6/1
3rd Batonnier (FR) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 6-12135 Rose Pink, Navy Blue sleeves, Gold cap Oasis Knight (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
5 11-12 b N J Henderson B J Geraghty 120 20/121.00
2 21 Black, White hoops and sleeves, hooped cap Arab League (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
6 11-8 D Pipe C O'Farrell (3) 116 8/19.00
3 4/7452F- YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Richmond (FR) 203
Beaten Favourite
6 11-7 Ian Williams Aidan Coleman 115 10/111.00
4 48224-5 Royal Blue, Maroon seams and sleeves, Maroon and Royal Blue check cap Fontano (FR) 6
5 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle Alex Merriam (3) 115 11/112.00
5 2/3432- White, dark blue cross belts, red and white check sleeves, red cap Merehead (FR) 240
5 11-7 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 115 6/17.00
6 13552-2 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Batonnier (FR) 184
5 11-7 A King R Thornton 115 6/17.00
7 222-F51 Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap Psi (USA) 10
6 11-7 G L Moore Joshua Moore (5) 115 6/17.00
8 342534 Dark Green, White hoops, striped sleeves Captain Sully (IRE) 27
6 11-2 A J Wilson A Thornton 110 50/151.00
9 3-5F622 White, red hoops, red sleeves, white spots, white cap Big Time Billy (IRE) 20
Beaten Favourite
5 11-0 p1 P Bowen J E Moore 108 9/110.00
10 942232 Pink, emerald green epaulets, pink sleeves, emerald green stars, pink cap, emerald green stars Tom Wade (IRE) 30
4 10-11 p John Harris C Poste 105 33/134.00
11 0P33- Dark blue, light blue hoop, armlets and cap Airmen's Friend (IRE) 237
5 10-9 t1 C J Mann N D Fehily 103 14/115.00
12 3763-34 Red, Yellow sash, Brown sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Thoresby (IRE) 16
5 10-6 B I Case R Johnson 100 8/19.00
13 765 White, Emerald Green hoops, White sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Black cap Marju King (IRE) 13
5 10-0 p1 P W Middleton Kielan Woods (7) 94 11/112.00

Verdict

The handicapper has done narrow Fontwell winner Arab League no favours, though he is the least exposed of these. Oasis Knight hasn't made the expected progress over timber and also looks up against it at the weights but Merehead shouldn't be far away if stepping up a little on a couple of placed efforts last term. Psi, successful at Fontwell 10 days ago, is another to consider while both Batonnier and Big Time Billy have shown enough to suggest they'll pick up a novice event before long. But we'll take a chance on the fitness of AIRMEN'S FRIEND, who was a progressive sort in the spring and looks handily weighted on his third at Huntingdon in March. Fontano may be best of the rest.