12:55 Ascot

Berkshire Media Group 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle (Class 3)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 110y
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £10,000 added
  • Winner: £6,256
  • 2nd: £1,848
  • 3rd: £924
  • 4th: £462
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 55.10s
  • Off Time: 12:56:23
  • 12 Ran
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap


637 BF
  • Form 4PF114/
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

not always fluent, chased clear leader, closed 5th, lost 2nd next, mistake and lost place 3 out, weakened before next

Silk - White, black button on cap
  • Form 154-2
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up towards rear, headway 4 out, not fluent and pushed along next, no impression 2 out, plugged on flat

Silk - Orange, Black diamond and armlets

Cruz On Ted

194 BF
  • Form 4-4
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

took keen hold, held up towards rear, not fluent 7th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before last

Silk - Mauve, Dark Blue epaulets, hooped sleeves
  • Form 4/3652-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 110

took keen hold, led and clear, jumped right 1st, came back to field 5th, mistake 3 out, ridden after 2 out, headed flat, no extra towards finish

Silk - Dark Blue, White seams, White sleeves, Dark Blue seams and cap
  • Form 60-3
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0

mid-division, mistakes, outpaced 4 out, stayed on flat, no impression

Silk - Brown, white and brown diabolo on sleeves
  • Form 79
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0

behind, hampered 1st, not fluent next, tailed off 7th, soon pulled up

Silk - DARK GREEN and ORANGE (quartered), ORANGE sleeves and cap
  • Form 743-7
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up in rear, behind 7th, tailed off

Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
  • Form 190-2
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up in touch, hampered by loose hores 5th, went 2nd after 2 out, led flat, stayed on well

Silk - Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap
  • Form 31-3
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-0

tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until after 3 out, no extra in 4th before last

Silk - White, black cap
  • Form 1/17-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

mid-division, headway 4 out, went 2nd after 3 out until before next, 3rd and beaten before last

Silk - Black, royal blue hooped sleeves, red cap
  • Form 331-2
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

fell 1st

Silk - Black, Black and Pink check cap
  • Form 2-6
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up towards rear, behind 7th, stayed on flat, never on terms

In depth


A bumper winner on last year's debut, BARNEY COOL made a promising start to his hurdling career when just failing to catch Kaysersberg at Kempton earlier this month. He had a previous winner 10 lengths back in third and David Pipe's charge looks capable of opening his account in this. Many Clouds also took the eye on his reappearance over a shorter trip at this track when runner-up to the progressive Gevrey Chamberlin. He should be in the mix along with Minella Forfitness, a point-to-point and bumper winner at Kempton making his hurdling and seasonal debut. Mcllhatton has a pipe-opener in a bumper at Chepstow under his belt and is another to note on his hurdling bow along with Ballytober and Shuh Shuh Gah.


Ballytober 2-1fav (11-9) Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed entering final 2f, no extra final furlong, 4th of 7, 13l behind Make A Track (11-2) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) sft in Feb '11.

Barney Cool 11-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway between 4 out and 3 out, went 2nd traveling well 2 out, ridden and every chance last, ran on but held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Kaysersberg (10-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs.

Cruz On Ted 5-2fav (11-2) Keen tracked leaders, chased winner 6f out until ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 7, 24l behind Come On Laurie (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in May.

Fergall (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed bypassing omitted last, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Milarrow (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.

Flaming Charmer (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway after 4 out, chased leaders and not fluent 4 out, soon outpaced, left poor 3rd last, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Orabora (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) sft.

Gorhams Gift 50-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 9th of 13, 47l behind Azure Fly (10-13) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in Jul.

Lord Grantham (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 6th, headway next, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Fox Run (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.

Many Clouds (IRE) 5-4 (11-0) Led, joined after last (usual 4 out), ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.

Mcllhatton (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, steady headway 7f out, chased leader sover 3f out, led briefly inside final 3f, held when slightly hampered and dropped to 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Regal Encore (11-7) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct.

Minella Forfitness (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, took keen hold, lost place after 4f, not clear run 5f out, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 19, 21l behind The New One (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.

Shuh Shuh Gah (IRE) 11-10fav (11-11) Led, jinked right over 8f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Brass Monkey (11-1) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in May.

The Potting Shed (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden after 8th, no real progress, mistake and well beaten 3 out, hit last, 6th of 8, 27l behind Atlantic Roller (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft.