Racecards

15:05 Ascot

Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (Showcase Handicap) (Class B)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 5f
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 3.30s
  • 14 Ran
1(7)
Silk - MAROON, LIGHT BLUE triple diamond, LIGHT BLUE cap, MAROON diamond
  • Form 210-300
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-10

with leader, ridden and weakened halfway

3(5)
Silk - White, Red and White striped sleeves, Black and Red check cap
  • Form 620105
  • Age 8
  • Weight 9-0

held up, ridden halfway, soon weakened and eased over 1f out

4(10)
Silk - White, Light Blue triple diamond and armlets
20/1
  • Form 1-04056
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-13

held up, ridden headway over 2f out, kept on one pace over 1f out

5(6)
Silk - Royal Blue, Red sash, striped sleeves, White cap
14/1
  • Form 40-1640
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-13

held up towards rear, headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 4th close home

7(19)
Silk - MAROON, LIGHT BLUE chevron and sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, MAROON spots
14/1
  • Form 40-0001
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-9

towards rear, switched left to stand rail over 2f out, headway and hung right over 1f out, short of room inside final furlong, never dangerous

10(13)
Silk - Red, Light Blue sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap
33/1
  • Form 600205
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-6

mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong

12(20)
Silk - EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stripe, YELLOW cap
11/2
  • Form 241-122
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-4

mid-division, ridden halfway, no impression

13(1)
Silk - LAVENDER, BLACK hoop, armlets and cap
  • Form 240301
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-2

held up, not clear from over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on

14(4)
Silk - Beige, Royal blue chevrons, beige sleeves, Royal blue cap
  • Form 260024
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-1

slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace

15(11)
Silk - White, Red armlets, quartered cap
  • Form 062600
  • Age 7
  • Weight 8-1

chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong

17(22)
Silk - Red, White hoop, Dark Blue sleeves, White armlets, Dark Blue and White hooped cap
12/1
  • Form 06-0160
  • Age 4
  • Weight 7-13

held up, headway over 2f out, kept on one pace

18(15)
Silk - Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue seams, Red cap, Dark Blue spots
  • Form 0-22220
  • Age 6
  • Weight 7-13

close up, ridden and led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra

20(3)
Silk - Royal Blue, White spots, halved sleeves, quartered cap

Piccled

30
10/1
  • Form 113060
  • Age 5
  • Weight 7-12

led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

23(9)
Silk - Light Green, Yellow disc and armlets
66/1
  • Form 0-00000
  • Age 10
  • Weight 7-12

with leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

6(17)
NR
  • Form 61-0344
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-9

Nonrunner

22(2)
NR
  • Form 300652
  • Age 5
  • Weight 7-12

Nonrunner

21(14)
NR
  • Form 502-005
  • Age 7
  • Weight 7-12

Nonrunner

19(12)
NR

Artie

28
  • Form 000530
  • Age 4
  • Weight 7-12

Nonrunner

16(16)
NR

Connect

15 b
  • Form 001242
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-1

Nonrunner

11(8)
NR
  • Form 203001
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-5

Nonrunner

9(18)
NR
  • Form 001100
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-6

Withdrawn

8(21)
NR
  • Form 000110
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-7

Nonrunner

2(23)
NR
  • Form 021400
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-9

Nonrunner

In depth

Verdict

Yet another large turnout, with Bond Becks selected ahead of fellow norther raiders Good Girl, Strathclyde, and Tommy Smith. Bryan Smart has his team in good form and Bond Becks will be all the better for his recent return to action at Newmarket where he was prominent for a long time. The horse has speed to burn and will relish conditions. If his recent homework is any indication, he can finally land the big race that his talent deserves. Tim Easterby is double-handed with Good Girl and My American Beauty who both have leading claims, indeed the latter bounced back to form at Newmarket eight days ago in her preparation to go one better than last year here when she was eighth of a pound higher mark. Not so well treated is last year's runner-up Atlantic Viking who is over a stone higher in the weights, but Strathclyde will be on many people's short-list after his recent course and distance victory and comes from the stable that collected two years ago with Smokin Beau. Baltic King ran a blinder in the Balmoral Handicap here when second to Deportivo, and is only four pounds higher which is fair. Better over the minimum trip, he would have been more fancied had the rain not come. Tommy Smith has not won for ages but keeps threatening to and his supporters will be suicidal if he goes unbacked here and pops in, so a small each-way bet is advised, but in a tricky contest we return to Bond Becks as the answer.