November 20 / 14.40 Ascot

14.40 Ascot Good

Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39865
  • 2m 3f 58y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 4m 40s
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Coral Hurdle (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 31252- C

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Upwardly mobile 7yo; having his first run on the Flat for over two years when winning the Cesarewitch in October in clearcut style; progressed at a rate of knots over hurdles last season, running a cracker when second in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle (2m4f, good to soft) in April; has won here and handles good ground and soft; looks a very worthy favourite.
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1

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Buzz

11st 7lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Nicky Henderson

Progressive last season, proving himself better than just a smart handicapper when pushing Abacadabras close in the 2m4f Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree in April (good to soft); produced his best Flat form to win the Cesarewitch in October and then followed up a 2m3f Grade 2 hurdle here (good) with plenty to spare; that latest form was franked last week at Cheltenham; should be hard to beat if staying 3m.

1st

3

20th Nov 2021

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Ascot

Buzz

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Upwardly mobile 7yo; having his first run on the Flat for over two years when winning the Cesarewitch in October in clearcut style; progressed at a rate of knots over hurdles last season, running a cracker when second in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle (2m4f, good to soft) in April; has won here and handles good ground and soft; looks a very worthy favourite.

11/10

1st

15

(6)

9th Oct 2021

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Newmarket

Buzz

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Nicky Henderson

Smart turf/AW handicap form for previous yard, such as when winning a valuable 1m2f event at Newbury in 2018, but hasn't run on the Flat for two years; improved over hurdles last winter and represents classy 2m/2m4f form (heavy/good to soft); top jumps trainer has hardly any Flat runners but won this race in 2003 and 2008; interesting.

13/2

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11/2

  • Place: £3.20

Form: /112P- CD

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict
Has an impressive strike-rate (7-15) over hurdles; last season fizzled out but he has since had wind surgery and he comes into the reckoning on his wins in this race (made all) 12 months ago and the International at Cheltenham, both on soft ground (also successful on good); respected.
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9th

8

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Song For Someone

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Tom Symonds

He's much better than he showed at Sandown last month and this three-time Grade 2 winner (including here) is a strong stayer over an extended 2m3f; today's step up in trip is worth a go but it's a very tough race in which to try to prove his stamina, and others have better form; can lead.

33/1

4th

3

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Song For Someone

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Tom Symonds

Completed a Grade 2 hat-trick in 2020, then got trounced by an on-song Goshen in the 2021 Kingwell; creditable second in a couple of Grade 2 contests this term, finishing in front of Guard Your Dreams at Ascot then beaten half a length by same rival at Cheltenham; now gets 6lb pull and commands respect.

2/1

2nd

2

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Song For Someone

11st 6lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Tom Symonds

Held on narrowly in this race 12 months ago (soft ground), completing a Grade 2 hat-trick and defying a 6lb penalty in the process; ended last season on a low note but, following wind surgery, made an encouraging reappearance at Ascot (2m3f, good) where he led for a long way and finished second to the progressive Buzz; respected.

9/4

Form: 1673-1 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Steady improver over hurdles, winning four of his eight races and posting a career best when justifying favouritism in handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month; open to further progress, but this represents a steep rise in grade and he has plenty to find with Buzz judged on their Betfair Hurdle running in February.
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3

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Guard Your Dreams

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

3rd

2

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 1

14:50 Fontwell

Guard Your Dreams

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Both wins this season have come at Cheltenham, in handicap company and a Grade 2 in mid-December; has continued to give his running in the meantime but has come up short and a similar scenario looks on the cards here.

10/1

2nd

2

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Guard Your Dreams

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Useful and consistent hurdler who has form figures of 1313 this season, most recently third in the Relkeel at Cheltenham (2m4f); gamely beat Song For Someone in Grade 2 there (2m1f, good to soft) the time before; now 6lb worse off with that rival but is still a solid contender.

11/4

7/2

Form: /018-5 C

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict
After he exploded onto the scene as a juvenile (should have won the Triumph), last season was an anticlimax, apart from when romping home in the Kingwell at Wincanton (heavy); proved unsteerable back left-handed at Cheltenham and then pulled too hard at Punchestown; if on his game he's well up to winning this but he comes with significant risks attached; best form on soft/heavy; coped with good on the Flat.
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1st

1

19th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:20 Wincanton

Goshen

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has rather mixed record over last two seasons and is not straightforward but is a top-class hurdler when on song; won this race by 22l on heavy ground last season and was back in very good form when drawing 15l clear in Sandown Listed event (2m, good to soft) two weeks ago; often makes the running; should prove very difficult to catch.

5/6

1st

1

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Goshen

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has proved quirky and inconsistent since his gut-wrenching late exit in the 2020 Triumph; however, gained some compensation in last season's Kingwell at Wincanton (easily beat Song For Someone on heavy ground) and was back in better form at Lingfield two weeks ago; big player if backing up latest effort.

11/4

3rd

2

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Goshen

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

The last time he ran left-handed was when hanging himself out of contention in last season's Champion Hurdle; therefore, there are worries about this course, but he hasn't encountered heavy ground since he bolted up in the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton and if back to that form he'd take some stopping.

11/4

Form: 1113-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Another major success story for the Skelton team, and she notched her fourth win from her last five starts in a Listed mares' race at Wetherby (2m, good to soft; enterprisingly ridden) three weeks ago; faces a tougher assignment against the males here but she's versatile in terms of trip (stays 3m) and cannot be ruled out.
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8th

9

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Molly Ollys Wishes

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Skelton-trained mare Roksana has gone close in the last two runnings

25/1

6

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:05 Haydock

Molly Ollys Wishes

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Made it five wins (2m-3m, heavy-good to soft) from her last seven starts when landing 2m7f mares' Grade 2 at Ascot (soft) four weeks ago; carries 7lb penalty against males but has leading form claims nevertheless.

2/1

1st

1

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Molly Ollys Wishes

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Absent since a heavy defeat against males here (2m3f) two months ago; largely progressive otherwise and has been successful on last four attempts in mares' races (2m-3m), the most recent at Wetherby (2m Listed; scored comfortably) in October; respected back against her own sex.

9/4

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Payout
Exacta £96.00
Straight Forecast £105.20
Trifecta £243.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Buzz

RP Ratings:

Goshen

WEST COUNTRY:

Guard Your Dreams

Daily Record:

Song For Someone

Daily Express:

Goshen

The Star:

Goshen

TOPSPEED:

Buzz

POSTDATA:

Buzz

LAMBOURN:

Buzz

The Times:

Buzz

Telegraph:

Buzz

The Guardian:

Buzz

Daily Mail:

Buzz

Daily Mirror:

Buzz

The Sun:

Buzz