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13:15 Ascot

Thames Materials Novices' Hurdle (Class 2)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 58y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £25,000 added
  • Winner: £15,640
  • 2nd: £4,620
  • 3rd: £2,310
  • 4th: £1,155
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 48.12s
  • Off Time: 13:15:44
  • 4 Ran
1
Silk - Mauve and white check, white sleeves, mauve armlets
5/4
  • Form 105-211
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 151

led, hit 4 out and next, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened into 3rd before last

2
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
  • Form 1-11
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 146

jumped well, tracked leader, led 2 out, over 3 lengths ahead last, stayed on strongly to go further clear run-in, impressive

3
Silk - Yellow, Emerald Green epaulets and armlets
  • Form 23
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

raced keenly, held up in 4th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, 3rd next, went 2nd before the last, stayed on same pace, no chance with easy winner

4
Silk - Violet, white cap
  • Form 5-252
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 125

tracked leading pair, hit 3rd, weakened 2 out

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

There is some uncertainty surrounding this opener with both of the likely market principals entered at Exeter tomorrow as a precaution. Master Debonair is the form pick on his two victories over 2m here, the latter a Grade 2. But former pointer SPORTING JOHN has the proven stamina and he’s looked a very smart recruit in winning twice at Exeter. Torn And Frayed and Pipesmoker have both shown ability and should be winning before the season is out.

Formwatch

Master Debonair 3-1 (11-3) Made all, not fluent last 2, ridden and ran on, won at Ascot 2m (1) hvy in Dec beating Ribble Valley (11-0) by 8l, 4 ran.

Sporting John (IRE) 1-4fav (11-4) Always prominent, poised to challenge after 4 out, led after next, pushed clear between last 2, in no danger after, easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f (4) sft in Dec beating Buckhorn George (10-12) by 8l, 18 ran.

Pipesmoker (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place when ridden after 2 out, one pace before last, rallied flat, took 3rd closing stages, not reach front pair, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Chantry House (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f (3) gs in Dec.

Torn And Frayed (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Close up, jumped left and led 3rd, ridden and headed last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 3 1/4l behind Whatsupwithyou (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f mdn (3) hvy in Dec.