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Ascot

  • 14:45 Coral Hurdle 2m 3f 110y

  • (Registered As The Ascot Hurdle) (Grade 2) £90,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £50,643 2nd £19,080 3rd £9,549 4th £4,770
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 30.62s
  • Off time: 14:45:22

Full result

14:45 Ascot Result 19th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Overturn (IRE) 11-0 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 7 5/2
Made all, set good pace, pushed along before 2 out, driven between last 2, driven and keeping on gamely when joined strongly pressed and left well clear last opened 11/4 touched 11/4 £1500-£500 £1200-£400
2nd 27 For Non Stop (IRE) 11-0 N Fehily Nick Williams 6 25/1
Held up in 5th off the pace, went 3rd 5th until 7th, went 3rd again next, ridden and no chance with leading pair from 3 out, left distant 2nd last opened 20/1 touched 25/1
3rd 20 Katchit (IRE) 11-0 R Thornton A King 8 33/1
Held up in last pair, well outpaced 3 out, went modest 4th approaching 2 out, plugged on from next, left distant 3rd last, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
4th 12 King Of The Night (GER) 11-0 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 7 5/1
Held up in last pair, took closer order 4th, went 3rd 5th until 4 out, went right and hit next, lost poor 4th, went badly right and mistake 2 out, tailed off opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £2000-£400
5th 76 Orsippus (USA) 11-0 D Elsworth M Smith 5 66/1
Raced in 4th and off the pace, went 3rd and hit 6th, reminders and struggling after next, tailed off opened 50/1 touched 66/1
PU Lough Derg (FR) 11-0 T Scudamore D Pipe 11 33/1
Never travelled, reminders after start, chased leading pair until 3rd, dropped to rear after 4th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up approaching 4 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Oscar Whisky (IRE) 11-8 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 5/6f
Tracked winner, hit 3 out, driven to challenge upsides and every chance when fell last opened evs touched evs £2000-£2000(x2) £1000-£1000(x4) £700-£700 £500-£500(x3) £400-£400(x2) £2000-£2200(x5) £1000-£1100(x5) £500-£550(x2) £454-£500
NR Afsoun (FR) 11-0 J E Moore N B King 9 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.30 Tote Place: £2.50,4.10
Straight Forecast: £44.06 Exacta: £55.70 Trifecta: £2,425.60 Swingers: 1&2:5.70 2&3:0.00 1&3:8.00

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

Verdict

An interesting race on paper and unfortunately a lone finish for OVERTURN as Oscar Whisky departed at the final flight. Firstly let's deal with the winner. He jumped well out in front and was allowed to set his own fractions. He was quick at the third-last which gave him a four length lead over Oscar Whisky. A stout galloper, he was always running on well, and he jumped the next two flights quickly and was battling away when challenged at the last. He was foot-perfect and was able to come home in his own time. His run in the Champion Hurdle showed he will probably always struggle in the very top bracket, but he's a fine dual-purpose horse and the race that Oscar Whisky won at Aintree looks a feasible long-term target. Now Oscar Whisky. He was quite keen early on, and Barry Geraghty chased the pace set by the winner, seemingly unwilling to give him too much rope. There were a number of sloppy jumps throughout, especially the third last, and Geraghty seemed reluctant to really ask him to fly the second-last. At the next flight Geraghty asked his partner for a big one to try and pinch the race, but the gelding didn't pick his legs up at all and took a crashing fall. There's no way of knowing whether he would have won, with Geraghty himself unsure. Trainer Nicky Henderson felt he'd left plenty to work on, so it remains a performance of some merit, given the way he worked himself into the race despite the persistent errors (and he was giving the winner 8lbs). He looks likely to head down the World Hurdle route, and should get the trip. Whether he's good enough to beat Big Buck's is another thing altogether. For Non Stop eventually came home in second but was left behind when the race started in earnest. This should have helped his confidence a bit, whilst King Of The Night was well-beaten. He benefitted from a suicidal pace when a winner on his previous start, and although he had a chance on the figures, his rating looks wrong. He too was quickly dropped by the big two even before the turn for home.