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  • 14:10 Amlin 1965 Chase 2m 3f

  • (Grade 2) £50,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:10:28

Full result

14:10 Ascot Result 19th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Master Minded (FR) 11-11 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 8 2/1j
Jumped well, tracked leading pair, disputed 2nd from 6th, went 2nd 12th, led 2 out, ridden before last, in command flat, driven out (no time taken) opened 15/8 touched 2/1 £2000-£1000(x2) £1000-£500(x2) £1500-£800 £750-£400(x2)
2nd 3 Somersby (IRE) 11-7 D Elsworth Miss H C Knight 7 2/1j
Tracked leading trio, headway to 2nd at 8th, led 11th, ridden and headed 2 out, switched left before last, held when hit last, kept on flat opened 15/8 touched 2/1 £2000-£1000 £1000-£500(x2) £800-£400
3rd 9 Medermit (FR) 11-7 R Thornton A King 7 10/3
Held up in last pair in touch on inside, headway to 3rd at 13th, ridden and outpaced by leading duo when mistake 2 out opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £2000-£500 £2100-£600
4th 28 The Sawyer (BEL) 11-1 A Glassonbury R H Buckler 11 100/1
Chased leader until 8th, soon behind, struggling in last pair 10th, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
5th 18 Stagecoach Pearl 11-5 J M Maguire Mrs S J Smith 7 12/1
Jumped left, led, headed 11th, weakened 13th, jumped badly left 4 out, tailed off opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Kalahari King (FR) 11-1 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 10 15/2
Held up in last pair, mistake and stumbled 4th, went wrong and pulled up before 9th opened 8/1 touched 9/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.30 Tote Place: £1.30,1.80
Straight Forecast: £6.36 Exacta: £5.40 Swingers: 1&2:1.30 2&3:2.20 1&3:2.00

Placepot: £628.10, Pool: £116403.9, 135.28 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.20, Pool: £10759.66, 232.64 winning tickets

Verdict

An improvement from Aintree and as a result a relatively straight-forward victory for MASTER MINDED. Despite being a tad keen early on, the eight-year-old jumped very quickly and economically and saved ground on the inside. There were only two periods of worry; when he got the stride pattern wrong approaching the sixth last, and then looked hesitant at the next. However Jacob didn't panic and he got excellent jumps from the dual Champion Chase winner at every remaining obstacle, and having travelled well into a share of the lead turning in, sealed the victory at the final two fences. He wasn't rocketing away from Somersby at the line but evidently stays this trip well now. Connections appear to have targeted the King George, for which he was trimmed, and although there must be some doubts over the trip, there's no-one better than his trainer for picking the right horse for the race. Somersby jumped superbly for two thirds of the race but fluffed his lines three out and was immediately ridden along. He didn't give up but the mistake came at a bad time and he lost his momentum. He was beaten by a classy horse and lost little in defeat; he just isn't quite in the top bracket. Medermit tried to keep tabs on the leaders but despite being close enough turning in he never looked like reeling in the first two. It will be interesting to see where connections go from here; a race like the Tingle Creek would probably be run a little too quickly, but the hill there would suit, as he has shown in the past. Stagecoach Pearl tried to jump them out of it from the front but continually jumped left-handed and was outclassed, whilst Kalahari King was pulled up before the race started in earnest. He had bled on his reappearance and something was evidently amiss here too.