Racecards

14:30 Ascot

First National Gold Cup Chase (A Limited Intermediate Showcase Handicap) (Class A)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 110y
  • Going: Chase - Good, Good to Firm in Places, Hurdles - Good
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 49.80s
  • 4 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - Maroon and Light Blue stripes, Light Blue sleeves, hooped cap
8/13
  • Form 1/1112-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-10

tracked leader, led after 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, kept on under pressure flat

2
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots
4/1
  • Form 6/P2125-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-4

held up in rear and keen, jumped left 8th and 9th, mistake 12th, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, led last, stayed on flat, all out

3
Silk - WHITE, ORANGE and WHITE striped cap
9/2
  • Form 10/3112-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-4

chased leaders, driven along approaching 12th, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on same pace

4
Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow seams, Beige cap
10/1
  • Form 21143-1
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-4

led, ridden after 3 out, headed after 2 out, every chance last, weakened flat

In depth

Formwatch

Best Mate (IRE) Appears to go from strength to strength and was most impressive on his warm up run for this race; stays this trip well and should have no problem giving weight all round before going on to bigger and better things.

Wahiba Sands Yet to prove he really stays this trip but his a high-class chaser on his day; from the all-conquering Pipe yard so cannot be totally ruled out but lack of decent chase wins is alarming.

Dusk Duel (USA) Progressive chaser last season and looks the type who will have improved over time; first appearance for nearly a year and has tended to need a run in the past; does not look an easy ride and jockey will need to be at his best.

Logician (NZ) Looks below this level but deserves to take his chance; not disgraced at Ascot on penultimate start and could be the one for the forecast; has plenty to find with Best Mate on Sandown run last season.