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  • 13:15 Ascot Annual Badgeholders' Juvenile Hurdle2m

  • £7,000 added 4yo 9 ran
  • Winner £4,383 2nd £1,295 3rd £648 4th £324
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 48.20s
  • Off time: 13:15:13

Full result

13:15 Ascot Result 22nd January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Grandouet (FR) 11-8 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 4 4/9f
Held up in mid-division, headway 5th, soon chasing leaders, led on bit approaching last, pushed clear, impressive opened 1/2 touched 1/2 £800-£1400 £1600-£3000 £800-£1500 £400-£750(x2) £900-£1800 £500-£1000 £300-£600 £200-£400 £600-£1350 £400-£900 £200-£450
2nd 6 Two Kisses (IRE) 11-1 A P McCoy B G Powell 4 11/1
Led, not fluent 4 out, driven after 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra opened 12/1 touched 12/1
3rd Looks Like Slim 10-12 W Hutchinson B De Haan 4 20/1
Held up in touch, chased leaders 4 out, effort approaching last, stayed on well to take 3rd closing stages, never able to challenge opened 20/1 touched 20/1
4th nk L'eminence Grise (IRE) 10-12 D A Jacob Nick Williams 4 20/1
Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge before 2 out, soon one pace, lost 3rd close home opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th 15 Magic Prospect (FR) 10-12 Peter Toole (3) C J Mann 4 20/1
Tracked leaders, under pressure 3 out, weakened after next opened 25/1 touched 25/1
6th Ostentation 10-12 C Bolger R A Teal 4 66/1
Raced in rear, keen early, ridden after 3 out, soon no impression opened 66/1 touched 66/1
7th 7 Whitby Jack 10-12 J E Moore (7) G L Moore 4 33/1
Mid-division, headway to chase leaders when not fluent 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out opened 28/1 touched 33/1
8th 33 Plenty Pocket (FR) 10-12 Ian Popham (5) P F Nicholls 4 7/2
Pulled hard in rear, headway 4th, soon tracking leaders, lost place after 3 out opened 10/3 touched 4/1 £8000-£2000 £2000-£500 £1000-£300
9th 17 Singapore Storm (FR) 10-12 P J Brennan T R George 4 50/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, under pressure 4 out, soon behind, tailed off opened 50/1 touched 50/1
NR Truly Magic 10-5 Miss L Horner (5) P Brookshaw 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.50 Tote Place: £1.10,1.90,4.40
Straight Forecast: £6.04 Exacta: £5.70 Trifecta: £43.30 Swingers: 1&2:1.10 2&3:18.40 1&3:6.80

Jackpot: £64,597.28 carried forward to Market Rasen, 23rd Jan
Placepot: £18.50, Pool: £161866.12, 6374.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.10, Pool: £10388.97, 687.36 winning tickets

Verdict

This appeared to be a penalty kick for GRANDOUET despite having to concede weight all round. Nicky Henderson's French import has looked a vastly improved performer since settling better having been re-fitted with the earplugs that he wore in France. He comfortably drew away from the field to score as he liked having travelled and jumped well and only needed to be pushed out under hands and heels; he was promoted to favouritism for the Triumph Hurdle on the back of this success. He is set to run in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton next month before heading to Cheltenham. Two Kisses was given a positive ride by Tony McCoy who got a breather into the filly after the third from home, before kicking again rounding the turn into the home straight. This move put all bar the favourite of a leading group that had bunched up under pressure and she kept on well to finish a clear second having been headed going into the last. Looks Like Slim kept on well to finish third, just in front of L'Eminence Grise who had raced close to the pace throughout; the latter had been beaten 24 lengths behind the winner on his previous start and should make his mark in handicaps, possibly over further. Magic Prospect travelled well for a long way and was still there jumping the second last before folding; he showed fairly useful form on the level and showed definite promise. Plenty Pocket pulled far too strongly through the early stages of the race and was also scrappy at a couple of the early flights; he did make ground halfway through the contest before his early exertions told and can improve for this initial experience.