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  • 15:00 Betfair Ascot Chase 2m 5f 110y

  • (Grade 1) £150,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 22.60s
  • Off time: 15:01:15

Full result

15:00 Ascot Result 18th February 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Riverside Theatre 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 8 13/8f
In touch, headway to 3rd at 7th, went 2nd before next, led 13th, travelling strongly before 2 out, 2 lengths ahead last, ridden out from last, eased close home, comfortably opened 13/8 touched 7/4
2nd 3 Medermit (FR) 11-7 R Thornton A King 8 7/2
Held up in rear, making good headway and tracking leaders when mistake and nearly unseated rider 10th, went 3rd next, chased winner 4 out, driven and 2 lengths to find last, kept on but no real impression flat opened 7/2 touched 4/1
3rd 20 Gauvain (GER) 11-7 N Fehily Nick Williams 10 9/1
Not fluent in rear, reminder after 7th, went left next, headway 12th, kept on to modest 3rd 2 out, went left last, no chance with leading duo opened 8/1 touched 9/1
4th 8 I'msingingtheblues (IRE) 11-7 T Scudamore D Pipe 10 14/1
Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace and no impression from next, weakened before last opened 12/1 touched 14/1
5th 13 Tatenen (FR) 11-7 A Thornton R Rowe 8 25/1
Raced wide, chased leaders, blunderd 9th, lost place next and never on terms after opened 25/1 touched 25/1
6th 15 The Sawyer (BEL) 11-7 Nathan Sweeney R H Buckler 12 100/1
Chased leader until after 7th, outpaced next, behind and struggling before 10th, tailed off opened 150/1 touched 150/1
7th 12 Kauto Stone (FR) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 11/4
Held up in last trio, good headway to track leaded after 7th, led before next, headed 13th, chased winner until not fluent 4 out, weakened next, tailed off opened 7/2 touched 7/2
PU Little Josh (IRE) 11-7 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 10 16/1
Led, headed approaching 8th, outpaced next, soon lost place, behind when blundered 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 13th opened 14/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.70 Tote Place: £1.60,1.80,2.20
Straight Forecast: £8.02 Exacta: £7.60 Trifecta: £60.60 Swingers: 1&2:2.40 2&3:4.70 1&3:4.00

Placepot: £52.70, Pool: £150026.77, 2078.16 winning tickets
Quadpot: £17.50, Pool: £9559.54, 403.28 winning tickets

Verdict

Back-to-back wins in the race for RIVERSIDE THEATRE, who was having his first outing in public since this event 12 months ago. Hats off to Nicky Henderson and his team for getting him spot on for the job, as the prize was not handed to him on a platter by any means thanks to a gritty effort in second by Medermit. The duo had the race between them off the home turn but it was Riverside Theatre who always held sway and never looked like giving up the advantage despite all the grey's effort in pursuit. It is hoped that the winner gets a clear run now through to the Festival and can have a crack at the Ryanair Chase - for which his price ranges from 4-1 to 7-1. His only visit to Cheltenham was a disappointing effort in the 2010 Arkle and although he seems to perform best on a flat or galloping track, it would be folly to rule out his chance next month. Medermit is a reliable performer but could not quite reel in his classy opponent. His jockey was almost catapulted over his head as the race started to warm up approaching Swinley Bottom so he gets extra credit for sticking to his guns so well. Alan King will consider the Ryanair or even the Gold Cup now. There was 20 lengths back to the third horse Gauvain, who ran a very strange race. Perhaps he was still thinking of the nasty fall he took here last time but Noel Fehily never looked happy from an early stage as his mount jumped with little confidence in rear. He was getting reminders passing the stands and looked ready to drop away before running on again from Swinley Bottom. He has bility on his day without question but which Gauvain turns up when remains a topic for speculation. I'msingingtheblues travelled with some purpose to five out but was soon feeling the squeeze while Tatenen - a dual course-and-distance winner - never looked like getting competitive. Kauto Stone was well fancied and tanked through to the front rank in front of the stands having been kept under wraps by Ruby Walsh. His injection of pace down the far side had a few of his rivals struggling but his exertions took a toll and he was readily beaten off after Riverside Theatre jumped on five out. Walsh allowed him to finish in his own time and Kauto Star's half brother has something to prove now if nothing comes to light. Little Josh had caught the eye on his comeback at Cheltenham and after jumping the first slowly, he took the field along for a good part of the contest. He started to back-pedal rapidly after he was headed and soon came under strong pressure before being pulled up before five out. Whether something was amiss or he sulked is open to debate but this was a pretty tame effort. Game veteran The Sawyer was worst in on official figures and ran like it.