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15:36 Ascot

Good To Soft

Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

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

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63

Form: 121-12 CD BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

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.

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6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

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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

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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

OUR TIP

Form: 3/1U-1 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 170

Form & Verdict

Top-notcher who was winning a second Grade 1 novice chase when accounting for Ahoy Senor by over 3l at the Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) in 2022; showed even better form when conceding lumps of weight and winning the Rehearsal Handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) later that year; off 13 months before a successful return to action in valuable event at Lingfield (2m6f, soft) in January and has strong claims if building on that.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

LHomme Presse

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Winner of seven of nine completed chases, including the Brown Advisory (3m, soft) here in 2022; made favourite for last winter's King George but he jumped badly left and Bravemansgame had set sail for home when this one unseated at the final fence; absent for 13 months after; reappeared with a 2m6f win and easily excused an Ascot defeat since but he has to prove he can see the new trip out against top-class stayers in the best race he's run in.

11/1

2nd

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

LHomme Presse

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Top-notcher who was winning a second Grade 1 novice chase when accounting for Ahoy Senor by over 3l at the Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) in 2022; showed even better form when conceding lumps of weight and winning the Rehearsal Handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) later that year; off 13 months before a successful return to action in valuable event at Lingfield (2m6f, soft) in January and has strong claims if building on that.

4/5

1st

4

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 10y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

LHomme Presse

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

raced in second, not fluent 1st, pushed along and led just before 3 out, 2 lengths ahead last, ridden run-in, edged right final 110yds, stayed on

4/6

Form: F2-PP4 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict

High-class chaser on his day, as when winning Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last winter and when close second to Shishkin in Grade 1 Aintree Bowl (3m1f, good to soft) in the spring; pulled up first two starts this season but showed more when last of four finishers in this year's Cotswold despite his rider's stirrup leather snapping at a crucial stage; drops to this sort of trip for the first time since his chasing debut in 2021.

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2nd

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

He can make mistakes and hasn't been at his best this season, albeit dropped back to 2m5f/2m4f the last twice; however, he has an excellent record at this meeting and ran a cracker in this race last year (good to soft) only to be caught by Shishkin close home; also effective on soft; could go well.

11/1

6th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runner-up in the Brown Advisory at this meeting two years ago; below-par third, albeit having not adopted his usual front-running role, in the Ascot Chase (2m5f, good to soft) last month when racing over shorter than 3m for the first time since 2021; however, he's a spring horse (dual Grade 1 winner in April) and this looks the time to catch him; not bombproof on the jumping front but has major claims on peak form.

12/1

3rd

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

High-class chaser on his day, as when winning Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last winter and when close second to Shishkin in Grade 1 Aintree Bowl (3m1f, good to soft) in the spring; pulled up first two starts this season but showed more when last of four finishers in this year's Cotswold despite his rider's stirrup leather snapping at a crucial stage; drops to this sort of trip for the first time since his chasing debut in 2021.

5/1

Form: 21-564

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Unplaced in handicaps this season but hasn't done much wrong, fourth of 18 in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster on latest; however, he's up steeply in class here and will need others to underperform to have any chance.

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4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Sail Away

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Unplaced in handicaps this season but hasn't done much wrong, fourth of 18 in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster on latest; however, he's up steeply in class here and will need others to underperform to have any chance.

50/1

4th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Sail Away

11st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Hammered Forward Plan by 11l at Ayr last spring (3m, good; made most) and now only 6lb higher than that day after finishing weakly in two races this season following wind surgery; what could make a major difference this afternoon is the return to good ground (from good to soft); on the shortlist.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £33.00
Straight Forecast £41.80
Trifecta £51.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Ahoy Senor