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  • 15:00 Betfair Ascot Chase 2m 5f 110y

  • (Grade 1) £150,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £84,495 2nd £31,830 3rd £15,930 4th £7,965
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 24.03s
  • Off time: 15:00:28

Full result

15:00 Ascot Result 19th February 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Riverside Theatre 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 11/10f
Held up in touch in 5th, left 4th at 8th, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, came readily clear between last 2, easily opened 6/4 touched 6/4 £7000-£4000 £1787-£1100 £975-£600 £650-£400(x2) £600-£400 £1100-£800
2nd 10 Gauvain (GER) 11-7 D A Jacob Nick Williams 9 14/1
Chased leader, narrow lead 7th until mistake and headed 11th, led again next, headed 2 out, readily held and no chance with winner between last 2 opened 14/1 touched 14/1
3rd 11 Deep Purple 11-7 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 10 10/1
Led until narrowly headed 7th, chased leader, led again 11th, mistake and headed next, chased leader until approaching 4 out, weakened and lost 3rd 2 out, rallied to modest 3rd again close home opened 9/1 touched 10/1 £20000-£2000
4th Big Fella Thanks 11-7 D Elsworth Ferdy Murphy 9 14/1
Held up well in rear, blundered 10th, not fluent next, headway to rear of main group after 11th, stayed on from 3 out, went well held 3rd 2 out until towards finish opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th 2 Tartak (FR) 11-7 P J Brennan T R George 8 9/2
Not fluent, hit 1st, chased leading trio, left 3rd at 8th, hit 13th, in 4th when hit 3 out and driven, weakened before next opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £10000-£2000
6th 49 Racing Demon (IRE) 11-7 Hadden Frost Miss H C Knight 11 33/1
Tended to jump right, in last pair, screwed 9th, lost touch next, soon tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Pride of Dulcote (FR) 11-7 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 8 10/3
Chasing leading pair when fell 8th opened 11/4 touched 10/3 £2100-£600 £1750-£500 £1100-£400

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.40,£4.60
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£5.10 2&3:£16.40 1&3:£4.70

Placepot: £56.00, Pool: £138440.58, 1801.82 winning tickets
Quadpot: £47.80, Pool: £7730.52, 119.5 winning tickets

Verdict

A commanding performance from the strong favourite RIVERSIDE THEATRE, although the race was marred by the sadly fatal fall of Pride Of Dulcote at the eighth fence. The winner, another for Nicky Henderson on the card, jumped accurately (if unspectacularly) throughout, and he didn't have to work too hard to join Gauvain for the lead at the fourth-last fence. The pair kicked on before two from home, before Geraghty let out a couple of inches of rein and he kicked on before the last. A flying leap there and the duo were home and hosed. He was trimmed for the Ryanair Chase after this win, although he may not head there with Henderson wary of the suitability of the track. However something like the Melling Chase at Aintree would look ideal, whilst his Irish owners may also want him to run at Punchestown. Runner-up Gauvain ran a career-best here, with a change of tactics looking to suit as he stepped back up in trip. He was always up with the pace, keeping Deep Purple company in the early stages, and was the only one who could keep tabs on the winner when the race reached its crux. On this showing he must be considered a live Cheltenham contender, with the longer trip of the Ryanair more suitable than the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Deep Purple looked much more his old self here, being sent into an early lead. Admittedly he was quickly left behind after being crowded five fences from home, but the fact that he rallied on the run-in to pick off Big Fella Thanks for third suggests that he is ready to win again, when his sights are lowered to Grade Two races. Big Fella Thanks ran an eye-catching race, and connections will be pleased with this performance, effectively a trial for the Grand National in April. He was held up off the pace, and wasn't fluent at the 10th fence, however he stayed on under a considerate ride. Tartak blotted his copybook here, and his record in Grade One races now reads 0-4. He made bad mistakes at the first, the 13th and the third last, and never looked like playing a major hand. Racing Demon struggled back over fences and was tailed off. Pride Of Dulcote tragically broke a hind leg when falling before the race had really started to hot up: he sadly had to be put down.