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15:55 Ascot

Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f 8y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £150,000 added
  • Winner: £85,425
  • 2nd: £32,055
  • 3rd: £16,050
  • 4th: £7,995
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 9.85s
  • Off Time: 15:56:01
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves

Aso (FR)

46 D
12/1
  • Form 434/5-11
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 163
  • Trainer Miss V Williams
  • Jockey Charlie Deutsch

raced wide, chased leaders, pecked 8th, pushed along before 13th, weakened next

2
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25/1
  • Form F-31213
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 161
  • Trainer K C Bailey
  • Jockey David Bass

chased winner who soon went clear, jumped left 4th, lost 2nd and weakened soon after 3 out, blundered next

3
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Cyrname (FR)

28 t DCD
3/1
  • Form 214-371
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 165
  • Trainer P F Nicholls
  • Jockey H Cobden

jumped boldly, made all at strong pace and clear most of way until given breather after 3 out, clear again from next, stayed on strongly, impressive

4
Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 11/12P-2
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 166
  • Trainer C L Tizzard
  • Jockey R M Power

held up in last pair until mistake and dropped to rear 6th, given time to recover, closer tracking leaders 4 out, 2nd after next until approaching 2 out, no extra in 3rd

5
Silk - YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star

Politologue (FR)

52 t DCD
4/1
  • Form 1241-14
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 168
  • Trainer P F Nicholls
  • Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies

raced wide, chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out

6
Silk - White, Royal Blue chevron, Pink cap
  • Form 11/111-U
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 170
  • Trainer Ruth Jefferson
  • Jockey B S Hughes

held up in rear, gained a place at 6th, steady headway tracking leaders 13th, 3rd after 3 out, went 2nd and mistake next, ridden and beaten between last 2, no chance with winner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Waiting Patiently won this last year and was fancied for the King George on his reappearance but got no further than the ninth fence, where Brian Hughes was knocked out of the saddle. He’s a class act and connections will be hoping for better luck today. POLITOLOGUE faded into fourth at Kempton having failed to stay but he’d beaten subsequent winner Charbel in a Grade 2 over this course and distance earlier and has every chance of getting back to winning ways today. Paul Nicholls also runs impressive recent winner Cyrname and he shouldn’t be underestimated but Aso steps up from handicap company with more on his plate. Fox Norton gave vain pursuit to Altior on his reappearance but still has a bit to prove after time off.

Formwatch

Aso (FR) 3-1fav (11-12) Chased leaders, not much room 1st, led 8th, clear when idled flat, ridden out, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gs in Jan beating Happy Diva (10-8) by 2l, 7 ran.

Charbel (IRE) 7-4 (11-6) Mostly tracked leader, hit 4th, led 4 out, ridden before headed 2 out, ridden and one pace before last, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 5, 5 1/4l behind Top Notch (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f lst (1) gd in Jan.

Cyrname (FR) 4-1 (11-10) Led after 1st, made rest, clear after 4th, kept on strongly, unchallenged, won at Ascot 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Jan beating Doitforthevillage (11-0) by 21l, 10 ran.

Fox Norton (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Keen, chased winner throughout, left behind from 8th, never any chance, 2nd of 3, 7l behind Altior (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f (1) gs in Jan.

Politologue (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 12th, headway 5 out, ridden after next, no extra approaching last, 4th of 10, 18l behind Clan Des Obeaux (11-10) at Kempton 3m (1) gs in Dec.

Waiting Patiently (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, badly hampered and unseated rider 9th, at Kempton 3m (1) gs in Dec.