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  • 14:45 Coral Hurdle 2m 3f 110y

  • (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) £90,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £50,643 2nd £19,080 3rd £9,549 4th £4,770
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 2.40s
  • Off time: 14:47:24

Whisky chasing Ascot redemption

Last Updated: 23/11/12 1:22pm

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Oscar Whisky: bids to atone for fall last season in Saturday's Coral Hurdle at Ascot

Oscar Whisky: bids to atone for fall last season in Saturday's Coral Hurdle at Ascot

Oscar Whisky bids to atone for his fall at the final flight last year as he tackles the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson's charge was upsides Overturn and seemed to have every chance in the two-and-a-half-mile heat when crashing out at the last hurdle.

That was the only slight disappointment in an otherwise fruitful campaign that culminated in a second Aintree Hurdle win in April.

The seven-year-old boasts an excellent record in that he has never been beaten away from Cheltenham when completing the course.

Henderson said: "Two and a half miles is blatantly his optimum trip.

"He was out on his feet after Cheltenham - he was very wobbly after the race - but to beat Thousand Stars by a neck at Aintree was fantastic.

"He'll go to Cheltenham at December and Cheltenham in January. Then we'll switch back to two miles for the Welsh Champion Hurdle, which was off last year.

"Then we might miss Cheltenham altogether - we might go for National Spirit at Fontwell in between - and then on to Aintree."

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