Today's racecards

Ascot

  • 14:05 Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Introductory Hurdle2m

  • Winner £6,882 2nd £2,033 3rd £1,016 4th £508
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.10s
  • Off time: 14:05:19
14:05 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Close Touch 4/7
2nd Fair Trade 11/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 11 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Close Touch 28
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 4/71.57
2 1 Bronze Lordofthehouse (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-5 T R George P J Brennan 5/23.50
3 Grey, Pink epaulets, quartered cap Fair Trade 44
Nag me
5 11-0 A King R Thornton 11/112.00
4 Orange, Royal Blue diamond, diamonds on sleeves, Orange cap, Royal Blue diamond Pahente 78
Nag me
4 11-0 A W Carroll Josh Hamer (7) 100/1101.00
5 0/ Emerald Green, Red hoops, Emerald Green sleeves, White armlets, Red cap Time Square (FR) 251
Nag me
5 11-0 A W Carroll Lee Edwards 100/1101.00
6 3 Light Blue, Dark Blue diamond, Black cap, Light Blue spots Loyaute (FR) 17
Nag me
5 10-7 C J Down J M Davies 14/115.00

Verdict

The Henderson yard will be looking for a repeat of last year's win and have strong claims with Close Touch. The bumper winner made a fine start over hurdles last month when landing the odds at Fakenham but LORDOFTHEHOUSE is just preferred. A decent, if temperamental, handicapper on the level, he did nothing wrong when scoring on his hurdling bow at Wetherby for new connections and the third placed horse has already franked the form with a subsequent win. Fair Trade was Group-class on the Flat as a three-year-old but his form tailed off and he makes his hurdling debut for Alan King today. He makes more appeal then Pahente and Time Square, low grade handicappers on the Flat, while French import Loyaute was still beaten a long way when third on her hurdling bow at Exeter.