Saturday 24th November 2018
Away from Haydock this weekend there’s a decent card to be had at Ascot with the two stand out contests coming in the form of the Christy Chase and Coral Hurdle which are both Grade 2 contests and that’s where my Previews will be coming from. Enjoy!
Christy 1965 Chase.
(2.05) (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m 5f)
The Christy 1965 Chase is the first of two Grade 2 affairs at Ascot on Saturday and it’s a race that’s contested over a distance of two miles and five furlongs and it currently see’s Paul Nicholls Grade 1 winner Politologue head affairs at around a shade of odds on. He was last seen when winning the Melling Chase at Aintree’s Grand National Meeting and is once again reunited with Sam Twiston-Davies here despite Sam effectively parting company with Paul Nicholls. This talented chaser comes here with obvious claims which have been strengthened more so with the absence of the Mullins runners. Charbel looks to take his place here for Kim Bailey and is generally a 4/1 chance in the betting. He’s had a couple of runs in the last few months and was last seen when beating subsequent BetVictor Gold Cup winner Baron Alco at Chepstow which is obvious strong form and he could well have more to offer here under David Bass.
Gary Moore sends Benatar to take his place in the line up, a horse who’s no stranger to the winner’s enclosure, however he was disappointing on his reappearance run this season only managing to finish fourth of five at Newton Abbott when going off the 15/8 favourite. He’ll need to step up here should he play a part however he could well be a lot more tuned up on the back of that effort. Jamie looks to take the ride. Gold Present will also be looking to bounce back to form following being pulled up on his last two occasions in the Spring at Ayr and Cheltenham. He did burst blood vessels at Cheltenham however and before that he won the Listed Silver Cup here in December of last year. Clearly a horse with ability and he could well outrun his odds. Hammersly Lake has had a productive summer for Charlie Longsdon and looks to take his place here, he was last seen when running in America in the ‘Grand National Hurdle’ and finished down the field. He’d been in decent form throughout the summer before that but this particular affair requires another step up. Sizing Granite concludes the field for Colin Tizzard who will need to take a massive step on his recent efforts should he play any sort of part in this.
POLITOLOGUE – (4/5)
CHARBEL – (7/2)
BENATAR – (9/2)
HAMMERSLY LAKE – (12/1)
SIZING GRANITE – (33/1)
2017: Top Notch – (Age: 6) (Odds: 5/2jf) (Trainer: N Henderson – Jockey: N de Boinville)
2016: Royal Regatta – (Age: 8) (Odds: 10/1) (Trainer: P Hobbs – Jockey: T O’Brien)
2015: Vautour – (Age: 6) (Odds: 2/5f) (Trainer: W P Mullins – Jockey: R Walsh)
2014: Al Ferof – (Age: 9) (Odds: 5/2f) (Trainer: P Nicholls – Jockey: R Walsh)
2013: Al Ferof – (Age: 8) (Odds: 1/5f) (Trainer: P Nicholls – Jockey: D Jacob)
(2.40) (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m 3f)
The Coral Hurdle is the second of the two Graded races at Ascot on Saturday and it looks to be somewhat of a rematch of the Wincanton Elite Hurdle between We Have A Dream and If The Cap Fits. The Harry Fry charge finished second that day and therefore takes his place at the top of the market here at around the even money mark and certainly sets a clear standard here. However the race that day at Wincanton gave the impression that the Nicky Henderson representative quite badly needed the run and he’s likely come on for it, but he’ll need too as he’s certainly got work to do should he reverse the form with If The Cap Fits.
Old Guard takes his place in the line up following another superb effort in the Greatwood last time at Cheltenham, he’s likely to give his running once again here but he does appear vulnerable once again to the younger market principals. Three outsiders at a sizeable prices make up the field and these come in the form of Rayvin Black, Tomngerry and Babbling Stream. It’s likely they all have to take a markedly big step up on their respective current form should they trouble the front three in the betting.
2017: Lil Rockerfella – (Age: 6) (Odds: 9/4) (Trainer: N King – Jockey: T Whelan)
2016: Yanworth – (Age: 6) (Odds: 4/5f) (Trainer: A King – Jockey: B Geraghty)
2015: Rock On Ruby – (Age: 10) (Odds: 15/8) (Trainer: H Fry – Jockey: B Geraghty)
2014: Faugheen – (Age: 6) (Odds: 1/4f) (Trainer: W P Mullins – Jockey: R Walsh)
2013: Annie Power – (Age: 5) (Odds: 8/13f) (Trainer:W P Mullins – Jockey: R Walsh)