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13:25 Ascot

Ascot Underwriting Beginners' Chase (Class 3)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £11,000 added
  • Winner: £6,882
  • 2nd: £2,033
  • 3rd: £1,016
  • 4th: £508
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 52.65s
  • Off Time: 13:25:17
  • 9 Ran
1
13/2
  • Form: 363003-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien

held up in last pair, headway to 5th at 8th, went 2nd 4 out until next, chased leading pair, ridden and no extra before last, kept on to press for 4th close home

2
  • Form: S5/P432-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: M R Channon
  • Jockey: W T Kennedy

with leaders until blundered and unseated rider 3rd

3
  • Form: 1/1F-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty

tended to jump left, hit 1st, chased leader until 10th, chased leaders, ridden along in 4th after 3 out, rallied to 3rd and hanging right when blundered 2 out, ridden and went 2nd last, hung right flat, driven ahead post

4
  • Form: 0861-80
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 120
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Jockey: J Tizzard

last trio, struggling 12th, no chance when went left 2 out and last

5
  • Form: 832238/
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: P Phelan
  • Jockey: C Bolger

blundered 4th, always behind, struggling 12th, never on terms

6
9/1
  • Form: 21/120-4
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Jockey: Nick Scholfield

held up in touch, not fluent and lost position 7th, outpaced 3 out, driven between last 2, stayed on to take 3rd flat

7
  • Form: 21316-6
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: Andrew Turnell
  • Jockey: T Scudamore

tended to jump left, led, joined and pressed 2 out, kept on gamely, headed post

8
5/2
  • Form: 111392-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Trainer: Nick Williams
  • Jockey: A P McCoy

chased leaders, went 2nd 10th, went left next, went badly left and lost 2nd 4 out, weakened next, mistake 2 out

9
  • Form: 55410P-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Trainer: Miss V Williams
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman

took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, challenged and every chance when mistake 2 out, lost 2nd and slight peck last, no extra flat, just held on for 4th

In depth

Verdict

Nick Williams' mare Swincombe Flame developed into a decent hurdler last season and she has the size to make a chaser. Act Of Kalanisi has form in good company over the smaller obstacles but was occasionally let down by his jumping so may be best watched until proving he has an aptitude for chasing. Rolling Aces should appreciate the switch to fences, however, as he's already won a point-to-point but so has HADRIAN'S APPROACH, who is less exposed. The latter beat The Druid's Nephew by 11 lengths over hurdles here on his reappearance last year and is the type his trainer normally excels with. Handy Andy is well worth a try over fences and is preferred to the four-year-old Kapga De Cerisy of the others.

Formwatch

Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) In touch, headway and stayed on approaching 2 out, kept on from last, went 3rd last strides, 3rd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Gibb River (11-7) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.

Ballypatrick (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway to go 4th before 2 out, chased winner after last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Fighting Flynn (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.

Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Held up in mid-division mistake 3rd, headway to chase leaders 6th, went 2nd after next, ridden and staying on 2 lengths 2nd when fell heavily 2 out, in a race won by Grove Pride (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Jan, 11 ran.

Handy Andy (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, weakened before 3 out, 17th of 23, well behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.

Representingceltic (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, blundered and weakened 2 out, 8th of 17, 30l behind Firm Order (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Feb '11.

Rolling Aces (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, ridden 2 out, one pace last, 4th of 23, 18l behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.

The Druids Nephew (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, effort and no headway from 2 out, 6th of 18, 17l behind American Spin (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in May.

Swincombe Flame 6-5fav (10-12) Led, not fluent 3rd, ridden and headed last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Une Artiste (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Apr.

Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened quickly before 3 out, soon tailed off, pulled up before next, in a race won by Lexi's Boy (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) sft in Apr, 13 ran.