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Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £99662.5
  • 2m 5f 8y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: /11P-3 C BF

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 174

Form & Verdict

Has been a powerhouse at 2m and collared Energumene near the line in that epic clash for the 2022 Clarence House here; subsequent flops in the Champion Chase and Tingle Creek can be excused due to physical issues; had a second wind surgery since latest defeat and now goes in tongue-tie; shapes as if this new trip is well worth exploring, while other factors bolster that point (3m point winner; has stamina in pedigree); the likeliest winner granted a return to form (has comfortably the best chance on peak ratings).

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won this last year (good to soft); refused to race on reappearance (his sole outing in cheekpieces); may well have won the Grade 1 King George at Kempton (3m, good) in December but for stumbling/unseating just after two out; ready Grade 2 win at Newbury (2m7f, heavy) in February; didn't run in last month's Gold Cup due to an unsatisfactory scope and there remains a question mark regarding the form of the stable, but he's a key player if at his best.

5/2

1st

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Shishkin

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 13th, pressed leader after 4 out, led 3 out, soon faced challenge, not fluent last, ridden and kept on well run-in

4/6

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has become somewhat enigmatic nowadays and refused to race in first-time cheekpieces at Ascot on last month's reappearance (no headgear today); however, he won his sixth Grade 1 when responding to pressure and leading after the final fence in the 3m1f Aintree Bowl in April, on his first crack at a staying trip under rules, and he's capable of having a big say if on his best behaviour.

7/2

11/4

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1P-111 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Good novice chaser last term; three from three this season, including all-the way wins in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon (2m4f, good; beat Millers Bank by 2l) and Silviniaco Conti at Kempton (2m4f, soft; won by 16l); this four-time Grade 2 scorer is currently better than ever and could well improve further the way he's going; big player back at the top level.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Pic DOrhy

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Rock-solid chaser at about 2m4f and has form figures of 11121121 since the start of last season, most recently making all in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (good to soft; unchallenged); ran on strongly to land this contest (on soft ground) last year, depriving Fakir D'oudairies of a third straight Melling success, and commands respect back here.

7/2

1st

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Pic DOrhy

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Reliable over fences; runner-up to Shishkin in this race (good to soft) 12 months ago and was left with little to beat when the same horse refused to race here in November; at least as good as ever when second to the classy Banbridge in another Grade 2 at Kempton five weeks ago; solid candidate.

15/8

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Pic DOrhy

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Straightforward task in similar event at Ascot (2m5f, good) seven weeks ago, having been left with little to beat when Shishkin refused to race; may need to work harder in this field but still commands major respect, being 2-2 at Kempton including a success in this race 12 months ago (soft); 8-16 overall as a chaser and has won five of his last six appearances.

11/4

Form: 11-521 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 164

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism, albeit fortuitously having been left in the lead when the likely winner took a final-fence fall, in Grade 2 at Thurles (2m4f, yielding) last month; well capable of smarter form and has four Grade 1 wins on his CV, including this race 12 months ago (followed up at Aintree); commands major respect in his bid to become the fifth dual winner of the Ascot Chase this century.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

1

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Fakir Doudairies

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Multiple Grade 1 winner over fences; not at his best last season and began this season by finishing fifth in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, his first handicap chase; down to a good mark if he could find his best but looks best watched for now.

25/1

5th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Fakir Doudairies

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Runner-up in two Grade 1 chases at the Festival here but not seen at this track since 2021 (ran at Aintree in April last two seasons); has run in only Grade 1 and Grade 2 events for the last four years and this is his first ever handicap, with an each-way chance at the weights and trip/ground to suit; he can also go well after a break.

8/1

2nd

1

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Fakir Doudairies

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Fortunate to win Grade 2 at Thurles in January when left in the lead at the final fence; below-par third in Grade 1 Ascot Chase last time, 7l behind runner-up Pic D'Orhy in a race he won last year (on soft); however, he's been an impressive winner of the last two runnings of this race (good to soft) and perhaps first-time cheekpieces will give him a boost.

9/4

Form: 39-2P4 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Won the Rehearsal and ran respectably in the Cotswold Chase last season; peak effort this term when second to notable rival in Kelso handicap in October; faces a stiffer task on these terms and has something to prove back down in trip (most of his chase form is at 2m7f+).

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Aye Right

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

led, headed before 6th

3/1

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Aye Right

11st 11lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Agonisingly missed out in a leg of this series when tying up close home at Chepstow in October (collared by Good Boy Bobby); there are some course concerns as he wasn't so good when behind Thomas Darby and Mill Green here last time but he's still respected off the same mark as at Chepstow and new partner Dylan Johnston is good value for his 7lb; handles all ground.

13/2

Form: -5U226

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice winner at Aintree last April; soundly beaten in the King George most recently (had a third wind surgery since); has finished a good second behind Pic D'Orhy on two occasions, including in this season's Peterborough Chase, and he's not out of it on those pieces of form.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Millers Bank

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Well-held last of three runners over hurdles on sole outing this term; had wind surgery (his fourth) since; very useful chaser on his day and bagged Grade 1 honours over 2m4f at Aintree (as a novice) two years ago; possibilities off this mark, provided he's back on song.

9/1

3rd

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Aintree

Millers Bank

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Highly tried and lost his way over fences last season after two good seconds over this trip before Christmas; now reverts to hurdling and he's certainly interesting on his third in the 2021 Aintree Hurdle, while a 10l win in the 2022 Manifesto Novices' Chase (again 2m4f, good to soft) underlines his liking for this course; carries risks but not ruled out by any means.

100/30

Form: /613-3 C

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Won the Clarence House here in 2021 when he was on a roll at about 2m; bagged last season's Peterborough Chase over an easy 2m4f but he was behind Pic D'Orhy and Millers Bank in same race this term (his last appearance); the 11yo has stamina to prove over this stiff 2m5f.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

A longer trip may be preferable but he was a good second off this mark at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in November on his reappearance, and filled the same position at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last time; also effective on good/good to soft; this highly admirable 12yo can give another good account.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

First Flow

11st 11lb

T: Kim Bailey

2nd

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, led 3rd, headed after 3 out, kept on final 110yds

9/4

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Payout
Exacta £84.00
Straight Forecast £80.20
Trifecta £148.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Shishkin

TOPSPEED:

Shishkin

LAMBOURN:

Shishkin

Telegraph:

Shishkin

D Express:

Shishkin