Today's racecards

Ascot

  • 15:50 Betfair Ascot Chase 2m 5f 110y

  • Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 35.50s
  • Off time: 15:51:57
15:50 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cue Card 15/8
2nd Captain Chris (IRE) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 U3P4-12 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Captain Chris (IRE) 52
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-7 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 11/43.75
2 U212-15 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 52
Nag me
7 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 165 15/82.88
3 1/1211-4 White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 84
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
10 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 173 7/24.50
4 468-133 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Ghizao (GER) 51
Nag me
9 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 155 12/113.00
5 731235 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 7
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-7 bt N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 129 66/167.00
6 24172-3 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 165 9/25.50

Verdict

Four of the six runners in this have won previously at Grade 1 level. Finian's Rainbow is one and there was clearly something amiss when he finished tailed off behind Captain Chris here in November. Connections are hoping a wind operation has cured the problem and he'll be a threat to all if rediscovering the form that saw him win last year's Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Melling Chase at Aintree. However, he was beaten fair and square by Somersby in last year's Victor Chandler and the latter ran well for a long way on his belated reappearance at Cheltenham behind Sprinter Sacre. Captain Chris was within inches of winning the King George on Boxing Day and has the beating of Ghizao on earlier form. CUE CARD was only fifth at Kempton but clearly didn't stay the trip and was eased. Back over 2m4f, we'll give another chance to Colin Tizzard's classy seven-year-old who is almost guaranteed to run his race and boasts top-class form in general.