14:35 Ascot

Sunday 25 March 2018

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  • Sport Relief/GBR Billion Steps Challenge Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • Class 2  |   1m 7f 152y  |   Soft  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:35  |   Winning time: 3m 51.1s
1
Malaya29
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-12| J: Sam Twiston-Davies| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  134| D
7/2
Two from six over hurdles, figures of 2122 since joining this yard, latest second behind Redicean in Grade 2 Adonis at Kempton entitles him to leading claims now and fresher than some of these.
2
City Dreamer50
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-12| J: Wayne Hutchinson| T: A King| OR:  134| D
10/1
Twice a winner earlier in the season, then 4L second behind Malaya in Listed Wetherby contest in November. Fit from recent AW spin and should throw his hat in the ring.
3
Eragon De Chanay11
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-7| J: Joshua Moore| T: G L Moore| OR:  129| D
5/2
Excellent Sandown success earlier in the month, outgunned in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham since, this will be three runs in 15 days, which is a concern.
4
Knight Destroyer11
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-5| J: Aidan Coleman| T: Jonjo O'Neill| OR:  127| D
7/1
Progressed from low grade Flat handicaps (turf), and was a ready 28L winner at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) on just his second hurdles start in mid-October. Early faller in Fred Winter at Cheltenham.
5
Turning Gold11
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-3| J: Thomas Bellamy| T: N A Twiston-Davies| OR:  125| D
7/2
Ran well for a long way in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham before fading to 10L fifth, will appreciate the softish going and this less competitive environment. Should go well.
6
Comrade Conradp49
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-13| J: Bridget Andrews| T: D Skelton| OR:  121| D
16/1
Going the right way in three hurdles starts, winning at Ludlow in January before finding things tough off this opening handicap mark at Taunton. Still learning, may find a few of these are further down the line.
7
Shine Baby Shine18
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-11| J: Thomas Dowson| T: P A Kirby| OR:  119| D
10/1
Filly was an impressive winner of a soft-ground novice contest at Catterick earlier this month. Opening handicap mark gives her a chance, though she'll have to build on that to score again.
8
Jumping Jack27
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-7| J: Tom Cannon| T: C Gordon| OR:  115
12/1
Succession of runner-up finishes now stands at four, in this competitive heat may find at least one too good again and must improve significantly to make the frame.
9
Ladofashp41
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-0| J: Harry Reed| T: C Gordon| OR:  105
50/1
Hasn't achieved much in four starts over timber, leaving facing a stiff task in amongst these and not helped by being 3lb wrong at the weights.

Betting

Forecast

Eragon De Chanay (5/2), Malaya (7/2), Turning Gold (7/2), Knight Destroyer (7/1), City Dreamer (10/1), Shine Baby Shine (10/1), Jumping Jack (12/1), Comrade Conrad (16/1), Ladofash (50/1)

Verdict

Paul Nicholls comes here with MALAYA having skipped the Fred Winter and that might pay off handsomely. He ran fine race behind Redicean in the Adonis and looks to be on a fair mark going handicapping. Turning Gold is perhaps best of the Cheltenham posse, with Eragon De Chanay having had a busy time of things and Knight Destroyer an early faller there. All three would have claims on best form. City Dreamer cannot be factored out of contention.
  1. Malaya
  2. Turning Gold
  3. Knight Destroyer

Previous Winners

2017
So Celebre
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 4
9/1

Prize Money

1st: £25,024.002nd: £7,392.003rd: £3,696.004th: £1,848.005th: £924.006th: £464.00

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