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14:40 Ascot

Coral Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Class 1)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 58y
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £100,000 added
  • Winner: £56,950
  • 2nd: £21,370
  • 3rd: £10,700
  • 4th: £5,330
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 44.12s
  • Off Time: 14:40:09
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves
3/1
  • Form 1/21321-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 160

in touch, headway 5 out, every chance after 3 out, led last, hard ridden, stayed on gamely

2
Silk - Red, light green epaulets and sleeves, light green cap, red star

Le Patriote (FR)

196 p CD
11/1
  • Form 1P/811-1
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 154

held up in rear but in touch, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, never able to challenge

3
Silk - Beige, purple sleeves

Blu Cavalier

210 D
66/1
  • Form 1/23235-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 142

tracked leader, driven 4 out, headed next, soon lost place, tailed off

4
Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap
6/4
  • Form 1321/73-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 160

chased leaders, smooth progress 4 out, led before 2 out, headed last, soon rallied, kept on under pressure

5
Silk - Emerald Green, Red stars, Red and Yellow check sleeves, Emerald Green cap, Yellow star
20/1
  • Form 3530-32
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 149

led, driven when joined 4 out, headed next, stayed on same pace from 2 out

6
Silk - Pink, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap

Roksana (IRE)

14 BFD
5/2
  • Form 12/312-2
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 151

raced wide, prominent, led 3 out, headed approaching next, weakened quickly

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

2017 winner Lil Rockerfeller has not won at this level subsequently though last year’s winner If The Cap Fits ended the season with victory in the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree. The latter has leading claims once again but beat ROKSANA (NAP) at Aintree by only a head and Dan Skelton’s mare has a recent outing under her belt when going close again at Aintree a fortnight ago. She may well make the most of the fitness advantage and also get the better of Call Me Lord. Nicky Henderson’s charge has won at this level before though raced just the twice last season with a third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown his best effort. Le Patriote is on the upgrade and makes more appeal than Blu Cavalier of the remainder having landed the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock back in May.

Formwatch

If The Cap Fits (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, headway 8th, went 2nd 3 out, switched right and blundered last, stayed on under pressure to lead last strides, won at Aintree 3m 1f (1) gd in Apr beating Roksana (11-0) by hd, 15 ran.

Le Patriote (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inside, headway after 3 out, effort between last 2, ridden to lead flat, held on near finish, won at Haydock 2m hcp (1) gd in May beating Project Bluebook (10-10) by 1l, 17 ran.

Blu Cavalier 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 3 out, outpaced in 3rd when blundered next, weakened before last, 5th of 7, 36l behind Younevercall (11-0) at Sandown 2m 5f (1) gd in Apr.

Call Me Lord (FR) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway on inside before 2 out, stayed on in 3rd before the last, 3rd of 13, 5 1/4l behind Malaya (10-2) at Sandown 2m hcp (1) sft in Mar.

Lil Rockerfeller (USA) 3-1fav (11-5) Chased winner until 12th, handy 3rd, not fluent 7th, 2nd again before 5 out, every chance 3 out, held when pecked 2 out, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Ballyoptic (11-12) at Chepstow 3m hcp (2) sft in Oct.

Roksana (IRE) 11-10fav (10-13) Held up, closing 3rd 2 out, mistake last, switched right flat, stayed on, went 2nd close home, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Top Notch (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f (2) sft in Nov.