Ascot 18th December 2020 racecard

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D E C E M B E R R AC I N G WEEKEND Friday 18th December 2020


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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to the first day of our December Racing Weekend. Sadly, we are unable to stage this fixture as a pre-Christmas celebration and we will particularly miss thousands of people enjoying our traditional carol singing concert post racing. Our grateful thanks go to Sky Bet today. They sponsor the whole card, including the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle and the Sky Bet Noel Novices’ Chase, both key Grade 2 races for horses with Grade 1 aspirations. Both races have a rich history of producing exciting prospects with the likes of Politologue, Simonsig and Vinndication having won the novice chase, while in recent years, future Grade 1 hurdlers Yanworth and L’Ami Serge have won the novice hurdle, registered as The Kennel Gate. Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in both races and last year his high-class Angels Breath became the second horse to win both races during their career after Deep Purple in 2007 and 2008 for trainer Evan Williams. Two of the Sky Bet-supported races are run under the ITV7 banner. The ITV7 is a competition run on television every Saturday and you can enter through the Sky Bet or ITV7 App. On behalf of everyone at Ascot, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sir Francis Brooke Bt. Her Majesty’s Representative & Chairman

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1st Race 12.45pm The ITV7 £100K Jackpot On Boxing Day Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race

4th Race 2.30pm The Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 2) (Registered as The Kennel Gate) (GBB Race)

This handicap hurdle race for four-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 0 to 130 is run over two miles and about five and a half furlongs. In a handicap, the weight that each of the runners carries is determined by their official handicap rating, which is based on their level of form shown so far. The aim is to ensure competitive racing by asking the higher-rated horses to carry more weight than a lower-rated rival. As a guide, horses rated 60 tend to be at the lower end of the scale, whilst the very best performers would be rated as high as 170. PAGES 18-19

2nd Race 1.20pm The Sky Bet Money Back As Cash Maiden Hurdle Race (GBB Race)

The term ‘maiden’ inspires thoughts of damsels in distress, but in horse racing terms it takes on a different meaning. When a horse is referred to as a maiden, it simply means that they have yet to win a race. Many of the runners aged four and upwards in this race run over two miles and about five and a half furlongs will still be inexperienced over hurdles and almost certainly improve for the racecourse experience that they gain today. PAGES 22-24

3rd Race 1.55pm The Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeple Chase (GBB Race) This steeple chase for novices aged four and above, which have been rated from 0 to 135, is run over two miles and about one furlong. To qualify for a handicap rating, horses must have won a race, been placed twice or raced at least three times in order for the Handicapper to gauge the level of form shown. This rating then dictates the weight to be carried in a handicap. In simple terms, a horse rated 135 in this particular race would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 130.

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Grade 2 races are high-class contests and only bettered by a Grade 1, so expect to see some top notch horses lining up. Initially, the weights in this two-mile hurdle race for novice four-year-olds and upwards are set at 11st each, with fillies and mares receving a 7lb allowance. Penalties are then awarded to horses which have won above a certain level prior to taking part here. These range from 3lb for winners of a Class 2 weight-for-age or Class 1 handicap steeple chase, to 5lb for a Grade 1 weight-for-age success. PAGES 34-35

5th Race 3.05pm The Sky Bet Noel Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Like the previous race, this is also a Grade 2 contest for novice four-year-olds and upwards, although this is a steeple chase to be run over two miles and about three furlongs. Novice races tend to be for younger horses that are still learning their way over hurdles or fences, allowing them to compete against each other before graduating up the ranks. Horses are classed as a novice if they have yet to win a race under the respective code prior to the official start of the season, which is towards the end of April. PAGES 38-39

6th Race 3.35pm The Enter ITV7 Tonight Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race) As the title suggests, a National Hunt Flat Race or ‘bumper’, as they are more commonly referred to - is a race that takes place without any fences or hurdles. Designed for young horses that, it is presumed, will go jumping in time, only debutants or horses that have run in this type of race (or an Irish or French equivalent) are qualified to run. If they have previously run on the Flat, over hurdles or in steeple chases (except for point-to-points), they are barred from entry. This particular contest is restricted to horses aged four, five and six, and will be run over two miles.


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1 ALTIOR (IRE) (23)

Nico de Boinville

B g High Chaparral (IRE) - Monte Solaro (IRE) (Key of Luck (USA)) Owner: Mrs Patricia Pugh Weight: 11 7 Horse Age: 9 Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Lambourn Colours: BLACK, DARK GREEN and Breeder: Paddy Behan GREY striped sleeves. Sponsor: Unibet Form: 1/111-11 CD

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Star attraction who is unbeaten in 16 attempts over obstacles, including last season’s Champion Chase; typically strong at the finish in the Tingle Creek on reappearance and followed up in Kempton Grade 2 Official BHA Rating 175 over Christmas; beat Diego Du Charmil by 19l in latter and ought to extend his winning run.

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1. Owner’s Silks (illustration) 2. Colour of horse B = Bay Br = Brown Ch = Chestnut Gr = Grey Ro = Roan 3. Horse’s Number on saddle cloth 4. Sex of horse c = colt f = filly g = gelding h = horse m = mare 5. Horse’s name 6. Sire (Father) 7. Dam (Mother) 8. Birthplace of horse (if not Great Britain) 9. Number of days since last ran 10. Damsire (Grandfather) 11. Form Guide 12. Racing Post star rating 13. Horse’s sponsor details 14. Breeder 15. Owner(s) 16. Trainer and location of training establishment 17. Age of horse 18. Owner’s Colours (description) 19. Previous performances / = Denotes new season – = Denotes new year B = Brought down F = Fell P = Pulled Up U = Unseated rider 20. Form details C = Course winner D = Distance winner CD = Has won a race over the same distance at Ascot before. C D = Has at won a race at Ascot before but over a different distance. They have also won over today’s trip at another course. BF = Finished beaten favourite on their previous run.

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21. Weight (stones/pounds) 22. Official BHA Rating The BHA Handicappers allot ratings to horses once they have taken part in a sufficient number of races to enable the Handicappers to make a numerical assessment of each horse’s ability. The principal purpose of the ratings is to determine the weight to be carried by each runner in handicap races, with the Handicappers aiming to provide each participant with an equal chance based on its best recent form under its optimum conditions. A horse rated 100, for example, would be set to carry 1lb more than a horse rated 99 (ignoring penalties and allowances). The ratings published in the racecard for handicap races are the ratings that were used to calculate the weight to be carried by each horse, whilst in non-handicapped races the rating shown is that of each runner at the time that the entries for the race were confirmed. Any subsequently published change in rating, either up or down, is shown in brackets following the rating. For novice steeple chasers, their latest hurdle race rating may be shown until such time as the Handicappers allot a separate steeple chase rating. Such ratings are prefixed by the letter h. 23. Jockey’s name and photo If there is a number next to the name, this indicates that the jockey can claim that amount in weight (lbs) off the stated riding weight.

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A SHORT HISTORY ASCOT’S BEGINNINGS Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

THE FIRST RACECOURSE The racecourse was laid out by William Lowen, assisted by a team including a carpenter, a painter, and a racing administrator. The first permanent building was erected around 1794 by a local Windsor builder. Holding 1,650 people, it was used for almost fifty years.

It was Queen Anne in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot (in those days called East Cote). Whilst out riding near Windsor Castle she came upon an area of open heath that looked, in her words, “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”.

In 1813, Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure, which ensured that Ascot Heath would be kept and used as a racecourse for the public in the future. Racing at Ascot was now secure.

THE FIRST RACE MEETING The first race meeting ever held at Ascot took place later that year, on Saturday 11th August. The inaugural event was Her Majesty’s Plate, worth 100 guineas and open to any horse, mare or gelding over six years of age. Each horse was required to carry a weight of 12 stone and the seven runners were all English hunters, rather different to the speedy thoroughbreds that race on the Flat today. The nature of the contest also bears little resemblance to modern day racing at Ascot. That race consisted of three separate heats, each four miles long – about the length of today’s Grand National course. The winning horse would have required tremendous stamina, but sadly there is no record of who claimed that first Plate. Queen Anne’s gift to racing, founding the Royal Racecourse, is marked by the tradition of opening Royal Ascot with The Queen Anne Stakes.

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ROYAL ASCOT The precise origins of the Royal Meeting are unclear, as the event evolved from the first four-day meeting that took place in 1768. The meeting as it’s known today only really started to take shape with the introduction of The Gold Cup in 1807. Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held at Ascot until 1939. The Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot, traditionally the busiest day of the week, when high fashion and exquisite millinery take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers. In 2009, Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O’Brien, won his fourth consecutive Gold Cup – a magnificent achievement, and one that Stradivarius could emulate next year.


MANAGING ASCOT Although founded by a Queen and located on Crown property, the administration of Ascot is handled on behalf of the Crown by a representative appointed by the Monarch. Up until 1901, the racecourse was managed on the Sovereign’s behalf by the Master of the Royal Buckhounds. In 1901, Lord Churchill was appointed as His Majesty’s Representative, responsible for running the course and determining entrance to the Royal Enclosure. The Ascot Authority was established in 1913 by an Act of Parliament, with His Majesty’s Representative becoming Senior Trustee. Today, as Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited, Ascot has a formal board chaired by Sir Francis Brooke Bt., who also serves as Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot. As an owner and breeder of racehorses, Her Majesty The Queen takes a keen interest in the races, and has had great success with her own horses over the years. The jockeys riding Her Majesty’s horses can be identified by The Queen’s racing colours: purple body with gold braid, scarlet sleeves, and black velvet cap with gold fringe – the same as those of King Edward VII and George IV as Prince Regent. During Royal Ascot, The Queen traditionally presents The Gold Cup and The Diamond Jubilee Stakes. New versions of these trophies are made each year and presented to the winners to keep. Ascot Racecourse closed for a £200 million redevelopment in 2004, and was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on 20th June 2006. HIGHLIGHTS AT ASCOT SINCE 2006 There have been several landmark occasions since Ascot Racecourse reopened in 2006 and none more memorable than two special Gold Cup days – when Yeats completed his four-timer of Gold Cup wins in 2009 and when The Queen herself won the stayers’ championship with Estimate in 2013.

In 2011, Ascot celebrated its tercentenary and staged the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, now the culmination of the European elite Flat racing season. The great Frankel won The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day in 2011, and the curtain came down on the career of officially the best horse of all time when he won The Champion Stakes a year later. Sir Henry Cecil’s pride and joy won five of his remarkable unbeaten run of 14 races at Ascot in all. 2012 also saw Ascot at the heart of the country’s celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with The Golden Jubilee Stakes renamed The Diamond Jubilee Stakes and won by the great Australian mare, Black Caviar. Ascot has continued to cement its reputation as Europe’s premier destination for the best horses in the world. In recent years it is the Americans who have had most success, with Tepin’s win in the 2016 Queen Anne Stakes and Lady Aurelia’s King’s Stand Stakes victory the following year being notable highlights. The latter filly was trained by Wesley Ward, who has now saddled 11 winners at the Royal Meeting. It is not just international horses which Ascot is known for, of course. Jockeys also come from all over the world to ride here – perhaps most notably at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, a unique fixture in the global racing calendar which each year sees many of world’s top jockeys compete for points to lift racing’s ultimate team prize, with four teams battling it out across a thrilling six-race contest. While the grandeur of the Royal Meeting takes centre stage each June, Ascot is also renowned for hosting Europe’s premier midsummer middle-distance contest the following month. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes has been won by many of racing’s most distinguished champions including Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Galileo and - most recently - the remarkable mare Enable, who in July 2020 made history by becoming the first horse to win three renewals of this prestigious prize. A S H O RT H I STO RY 7






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Two miles about five and a half furlongs (2m 5f 141yds) (4,300 metres) For four yrs old and upwards,

Total race value £13400. Owners Prize Money. Winner £5944; Second £1969; Third £985; Fourth £492; Fifth £280; Sixth £280; Seventh £280; Eighth £280. (Penalty Value £7797.60) A See page 42 for conditions of this race.

Sky Bet will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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1 AIR HORSE ONE (GB) (22)

Gr g Mountain High (IRE) - Whisky Rose (IRE) (Old Vic) Owner: The Dons Horse Age: 9 Weight: 11 12 Trainer: Harry Fry, Seaborough Colours: BLACK, LIGHT BLUE stars, Breeder: Distillery Stud BLACK cap, LIGHT BLUE star. Sponsor: Citipost, Citipost Form: 4360-53 C

Jockey Lorcan Murtagh (3)

HHH Not the force of old and has become inconsistent; Taunton third three weeks ago gives him a place chance, however, and although he’s not proved himself over this far, his best effort last season was a 30l win in first-time blinkers (kept since) in five-runner race over 2m4f on heavy. Official BHA Rating 130

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B g Shantou (USA) - Ballyguider Bridge (IRE) (Accordion) Owner: T. Syder & N. Mustoe Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 12 Trainer: Emma Lavelle, Marlborough Colours: BLACK, Breeder: Jim McGee BLACK and PINK check cap. Sponsor: Hatherden Horse Transport Form: 2620-31 CD

Ben Jones

HHH Had wind surgery in June and has returned with career-best form, when third of 18 in 2m3f handicap at Wetherby and off the mark in C&D novice; both were on soft; each-way candidate. Official BHA Rating 130

3 F I R ST LO R D D E C U E T ( F R ) ( 2 9) Gr g Lord du Sud (FR) - Alyce (FR) (Villez (USA)) Owner: Potter, Pipe and Pete Trainer: David Pipe, Wellington Breeder: Mr Serge Bourounoff Sponsor: W & S Recycling

Fergus Gillard (3)

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 10 Colours: WHITE, RED braces, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star. Form: 120-322 BF

HHH Best efforts on last two starts when runner-up at Sandown (2m4f, soft) and Market Rasen (2m7f, good); wore first-time cheekpieces in the latter and they are retained; one of many with each-way claims. Official BHA Rating 128

4 JACA M A R ( G E R ) ( 2 0) B g Maxios - Juvena (GER) (Platini (GER)) Owner: Pegasus Bloodstock Limited Trainer: Milton Harris, Warminster Breeder: J. Imm

Mitchell Bastyan

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 9 Colours: RED, LIGHT BLUE stars, YELLOW cap, LIGHT BLUE stars. Form: r53144

HH Held-up lately; his two runs on heavy ground (both this year, including penultimate start) were disappointments; tidy 2m4f win Official BHA Rating 127 on soft at Aintree in October, however, and fourth at Newbury on latest start was a good effort.

5 CASTLE ROBIN (IRE) (35)

Ch g Robin des Champs (FR) - Coco Opera (IRE) (Lafontaine (USA)) Owner: Bradley Partnership Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 8 Trainer: Charlie Longsdon, Chipping Norton Colours: MAROON, BEIGE star, Breeder: R. Lynch diabolo on sleeves and star on cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 203-311

HHHH Tongue tied this season with improved form, notably when winning a 17-runner race on handicap debut at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) five weeks ago; registered a novice win on soft time before; up 7lb but respected. Official BHA Rating 126

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B g Network (GER) - Altesse Sacree (FR) (Daramsar (FR)) Owner: Mr G. L. Porter Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 7 Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Lambourn Colours: EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, Breeder: Graham Porter & Henrietta Charlet WHITE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN stars. Form: 33/222F/-

Joe Anderson (10)

HHH First foal; dam unraced half-sister to bumper, 2m hurdle and outstanding chase winner Sprinter Sacre and to useful bumper winner Flinteur Sacre (both by this one’s sire Network); pulled-up on debut on sole start over hurdles; 0-7 over fences in France but runner-up in four, over 2m6f in the mud on last three occasions; his jumping wasn’t that tidy and he fell when last seen in March 2019; interesting in a hood for British debut. Official BHA Rating 125

7 CHAZZA (IRE) (32)

B g Mahler - Presenting Proform (IRE) (Presenting) Owner: The Azza Chance Syndicate Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 6 Trainer: Kim Bailey, Cheltenham Colours: YELLOW, RED chevron, Breeder: Mr John Flavin hooped sleeves and cap. Sponsor: Kim Bailey Racing Ltd Form: 1/12-F12

Chester Williams (3)

HHH Point, bumper and 2m maiden hurdle winner; tongue tied first time and again made the running when good second of ten on handicap debut at Leicester (1m7f, soft) most recently; up 4lb but this new trip (initial hurdle starts were 2m3f/2m2f) might help Official BHA Rating 124 (+2) as he rallied very well last time.

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Gr g Martaline - Temptation (FR) (Lando (GER)) Owner: Mrs Johnny de la Hey Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat Breeder: Property & Thoroughbred Services Ltd Sponsor: Morson Group

Lorcan Williams (3) Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 6 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, PINK hoops, armlets and cap. Form: 0/3/3-1

HHHH His light career has been punctuated by absences; second start over hurdles when he won at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago, making most and stretching clear late on in the manner of a stayer; this handicap debut demands much more but he should still be promising. Official BHA Rating 124

9 T H E E AG L E H A S L A N D E D ( I R E ) ( 3 5 ) B g Milan - Vallee Doree (FR) (Neverneyev (USA)) Owner: Coles, Smith, McManus and Broughton Trainer: Jeremy Scott, Dulverton Breeder: Grange Stud Sponsor: Brendon Powerwashers

Rex Dingle

Horse Age: 10 Weight: 11 6 Colours: PURPLE, PINK stars, PURPLE cap, PINK star. Form: 5034/-0F

H Used to be capable of much better and still pretty useful in winter 2018-19 but, following a long layoff, he was well-held on reappearance and fell at the seventh next time; needs to prove how much ability remains. Official BHA Rating 124

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B g Yeats (IRE) - On The Way Home (IRE) (Flemensfirth (USA)) Owner: Mrs Jill Eynon & Mr Robin Eynon Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 2 Trainer: Warren Greatrex, Upper Lambourn Colours: DARK GREEN and ORANGE Breeder: Rosemary Hutch (quartered), DARK GREEN sleeves, hooped cap. Sponsor: 1Account Ltd Form: 52/614-6

Connor Brace

HH Kept on strongly to win Hereford novice (2m3f, soft) for Jonjo O’Neill last November on second hurdle start; not quite in the same form on either start since, latterly when reappearing in 2m4f handicap four weeks ago for new connections, but he’s not entirely dismissed. Official BHA Rating 120

1 1 C O L L E G E OA K ( G B ) ( 4 8 )

Ch g Norse Dancer (IRE) - Katmai (IRE) (Bob Back (USA)) Owner: Radleian Society, L Lovell & P Stacey Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 1 Trainer: Jamie Snowden, Lambourn Colours: BLACK and MAUVE diabolo, Breeder: Donhead Stud MAUVE cap, BLACK diamond. Sponsor: Betvictor Form: 124-151 C

Page Fuller (3)

HHHH Won soft-ground bumper last term; making second handicap start when he took nine-runner race here (2m3f, good to soft) in October in plucky fashion despite being hampered, front two clear; runner-up won next time; up 6lb but worth another go at 2m5f (tried it on penultimate start) and these are early days, so he may well have more to offer. Official BHA Rating 119

12 STEAL A MARCH (GB) (35)

B g Mount Nelson - Side Step (Norse Dancer (IRE)) Owner: The Queen Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Lambourn Colours: PURPLE, GOLD braid, SCARLET Breeder: The Queen sleeves, BLACK velvet cap, GOLD fringe. Form: 4414-3 D

Jack Tudor

HHHHH Won Hereford novice (2m5f, heavy) last December and best form when third of 17 to Castle Robin in handicap at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) on reappearance five weeks ago; he was never nearer in the latter, having been hampered four out, and could be interesting here despite 3lb rise. Official BHA Rating 118

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1 13 GAME SOCKS (IRE) (11)

Ch g Leading Light (IRE) - Late Night Deed (Midnight Legend) Owner: Chris Stedman & Mark Albon Horse Age: 4 Weight: 10 13 (in 7lb ex) Trainer: Dr Richard Newland, Droitwich Colours: LIGHT BLUE, BROWN Cross of Breeder: J. & C. Jiggens Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap. Sponsor: Carehome Selection Ltd Form: 4421

Cillin Leonard (6)

HHHH Ex-Irish; second favourite, under pressure long way out but responded to lead on run-in for maiden hurdle win at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft; unraced on worse) for new yard 11 days ago; has 7lb penalty but is due to go up another 5lb; looks sure to relish this longer trip so one for the shortlist. Official BHA Rating 110 (+12)

14 BE MY SEA (IRE) (27) B g Sea The Stars (IRE) - Bitooh (Diktat) Owner: Mr Layton T. Cheshire Trainer: Tony Carroll, Cropthorne Breeder: Sunderland Holdings Inc Sponsor: Mill House Racing

Max Kendrick

Horse Age: 9 Weight: 10 4 Colours: WHITE, PURPLE epaulets, sleeves and star on cap. Form: 1//6310-P

HH His win at Fakenham (2m7f) in January came off just 1lb lower; these conditions look far more suitable than those for reappearance four weeks ago but he is probably still vulnerable to younger rivals with potential. Official BHA Rating 108

Hood worn first time by No. 6. Tongue Strap worn by No. 3, 5, 7, 9. Blinkers, Tongue Strap worn by No. 1. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 3, 9.

2019: MR MULDOON (IRE) 6 11 2 Cillin Leonard 6-1 (Dr Richard Newland) 10 ran

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BETTING FORECAST: 11-2 Game Socks (IRE), 15-2 First Lord de Cuet (FR), Zyon (GB), Steal A March (GB), 8-1 Air Horse One (GB), Castle Robin (IRE), 9-1 Shang Tang (IRE), 10-1 Chazza (IRE), College Oak (GB), 12-1 Emir Sacree (FR), 16-1 Jacamar (GER), The Eaglehaslanded (IRE), Dhowin (IRE), 33-1 Be My Sea (IRE)

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Outstanding First Northern Hemisphere Foals

Colt out of dual Gr.1 winner La Collina

Filly out of Gr.3 winner Lightening Quick

Colt out of Gr.3 winning 2YO sprinter La Rioja

Filly out of Sudu Queen

Colt out of Stakes placed 2YO sprinter White Bullet

Colt out of Dream Of Joy


“I’m excited about Zoustar but I’m even more excited about him now that I’ve seen his foals. We foaled 9 here and they are a cracking bunch. Scopey, muscled and with a good walk they should go down very well at the sales.” The Hon. Peter Stanley, New England Stud

“We have 4 Zoustar foals on the farm. They all have great presence, good movers and are good-looking foals. I think these Zoustar’s are what every breeder hopes for and when they see them they’re going to sell very well.” David Cox, Baroda Stud

“Our Zoustar colt has inherited his sire’s imposing physicality. Loads of bone and muscle with a great outlook. At 71kg birth weight this precocious fellow is exactly what we were hoping from the mating.” Dr Pat Sells, Chasemore Farm


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RACE START

Two miles about five and a half furlongs (2m 5f 141yds) (4,300 metres) For maiden four yrs old and upwards Total race value £10000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £4953; Second £1641; Third £821; Fourth £410. (Penalty Value £6498) See page 42 for conditions of this race.

Sky Bet will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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1 E R N E STO (G E R ) ( 2 2 ) Ch g Reliable Man - Enrica (Niniski (USA)) Owner: Buxted Partnership Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Breeder: Gestut Rottgen Sponsor: Buxted Construction Ltd

Jockey Robert Dunne

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoops, YELLOW and WHITE halved sleeves, YELLOW cap. Form:

HH Has a good German Flat pedigree and was 1m6f Listed winner there in 2019; no impact for new yard this year, which seems to put a dampener on prospects for this hurdles debut in first headgear; second run since wind surgery. Official BHA Rating -

2 EV E RG LOW (G B ) ( 52 ) Br g Presenting - Cent Prime (Hernando (FR)) Owner: Mr Phil Munnelly Trainer: Philip Hobbs, Minehead Breeder: Fawley House Stud

Richard Johnson

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Colours: LIGHT GREEN, RED diamond and sleeves, quartered cap. Form: 23-52 BF

HHHHH Went close in bumper on debut and placed in a Listed bumper next time; back on soft when second of 15 to a very hot prospect in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f) on latest outing and that form, which has also been boosted by the third and fourth, gives him good prospects. Official BHA Rating -

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B g Fracas (IRE) - Mayo Mystique (IRE) (Heron Island (IRE)) Owner: Mr R. S. Brookhouse Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Tom George, Slad Colours: LIGHT BLUE, PINK chevrons, Breeder: Mr Thomas Moran LIGHT BLUE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, PINK star. Sponsor: HBA Media Form: PF/1/-02

Tom Scudamore

HHHH Won Irish maiden point in November 2018 before £175,000 sale; not seen again until a bumper at Cheltenham (soft) this October, in which he raced freely; second of ten in maiden hurdle at Newcastle (2m, good) three weeks ago and it looks as if a step up is very much in order, so he brings potential but not the best form. Official BHA Rating -

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B g Milan - Customary Chorus (IRE) (Linamix (FR)) Owner: Mr Martin Hughes Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Paul Webber, Banbury Colours: PURPLE and WHITE diamonds, Breeder: P. Travers PURPLE sleeves. Sponsor: Old Oak Holdings Ltd Form: P/3-04

Rex Dingle (3)

HHH 14l fourth of 11 in maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (3m1f, good) four weeks ago, plugging on from off the pace, was vastly better than Rules debut but others in this have shown more. Official BHA Rating -

5 NICKELSONTHEDIME (IRE) (26)

B g Shantou (USA) - Penny Fiction (IRE) (Welsh Term) Owner: T Hamlin, J E Gardener Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Kayley Woollacott, Crewkerne Colours: PURPLE, YELLOW stars, Breeder: J. O’Connor & Burgage Stud hooped sleeves, YELLOW cap, PURPLE star. Sponsor: NAF Form: 112-233 BF

HHHH 2-4 in points and he’s been placed this autumn under Joshua Newman in all three starts over hurdles; latest was 2m4f at Uttoxeter (soft) and he’d earlier stayed on well over 2m5f; firmly in the mix. Official BHA Rating 122

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2019: WHATSUPWITHYOU (IRE) 5 11 0 David Bass 33-1 (Ben Pauling) 11 ran

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RACE START

Two miles about one furlong (2m 167yds) (3,300 metres) For novice four yrs old and upwards

Total race value £16400. Owners Prize Money. Winner £7430; Second £2462; Third £1232; Fourth £615; Fifth £280; Sixth £280; Seventh £280; Eighth £280. (Penalty Value £9747) See page 43 for conditions of this race.

Sky Bet will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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1 S I R VA L E N T I N E ( G E R ) ( 3 4 )

Jockey Sam

Twiston-Davies B g Cacique (IRE) - Singuna (GER) (Black Sam Bellamy (IRE)) Owner: Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group Horse Age: 7 Weight: 11 8 Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies, Cheltenham Colours: DARK BLUE and WHITE diabolo, EMERALD Breeder: Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star. Sponsor: Potter Group Form: 2340-22 BF

HHH Hasn’t threatened the winner when runner-up in small fields on first two chase starts (1m7f/2m, good/soft) but the form of both races has been franked and he’s on a workable mark now back in a handicap; ran well here on heavy ground over hurdles. Official BHA Rating 133

2 M AC K T H E M A N ( I R E ) ( 4 0)

B g Flemensfirth (USA) - Nifty Nuala (IRE) (Saddlers’ Hall (IRE)) Owner: Mr & Mrs William Rucker Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 5 Trainer: Evan Williams, Llancarfan Colours: ROYAL BLUE, PINK hoop. Breeder: Mr Mark Grace, Form: 2P/11B-2 Sponsor: Tote

Adam Wedge

HHHHH Well-beaten second of two finishers on last month’s chase/seasonal debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft) but could improve for that run and the winner has since been second in a Grade 1; progressive in light hurdling campaign last season and he has potential off his current mark now back in a handicap. Official BHA Rating 130

3 F L E G M AT I K ( F R ) ( 4 0 ) Ch g Fuisse (FR) - Crack d’Emble (FR) (Poliglote) Owner: Mr N. W. Lake Trainer: Dan Skelton, Alcester Breeder: Jean-Bernard Chapalain Sponsor: Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire)

Harry Skelton

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 5 Colours: RED, WHITE sash, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, EMERALD GREEN and RED check cap. Form: 3/203-15

HHH 9l fifth of the five finishers at Sandown (2m4f, good) latest but was hampered by both fallers and he’d previously won his chase/seasonal debut at Carlisle (2m, good); could be more to come from this lightly raced 5yo, who was effective on soft/ heavy ground over hurdles. Official BHA Rating 130

4 AR MEST (FR) (315)

Bl g Diamond Boy (FR) - Shabada (FR) (Cadoudal (FR)) Owner: Mr G. L. Moore Horse Age: 7 Weight: 11 2 Trainer: Gary Moore, Horsham Colours: BEIGE, PURPLE hoops, Breeder: J. Haimet, X. Le Stang & J. Liberge WHITE cap, PURPLE tassel. Sponsor: K M Elite Products Ltd Form: 15/U633-

Tom Cheesman (5)

HHH Absent since February but ran well to finish third over fences on final two starts last season (1m7f/2m2f, soft/good to soft) Official BHA Rating 127 and he shouldn’t be far away if reappearing in similar form today; one of two for the yard.

5 EDITEUR DU GITE (FR) (21)

B g Saddex - Malaga de St Sulpice (FR) (Saint Cyrien (FR)) Owner: The Preston Family, Friends & T Jacobs Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Gary Moore, Horsham Colours: RED, ROYAL BLUE stripe, RED Breeder: Mr Daniel Gerault sleeves, WHITE stars, RED cap, WHITE star. Sponsor: K M Elite Products Ltd Form: 2/1/P6-25 BF

HHH Not at his best at Newbury last time but that was a first encounter with good ground; made a bold bid when second here on reappearance (2m3f, good to soft) and this lightly raced 6yo could get back on track with a big run now back on a slow surface; won on heavy going in France. Official BHA Rating 125

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Joshua Moore


3 6 OISTRAKH LE NOIR (FR) (48)

B g Kentucky Dynamite (USA) - Linares Noire (FR) (Russian Blue (IRE)) Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Horse Age: 6 Weight: 10 12 Trainer: Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water Colours: EMERALD GREEN, DARK GREEN sleeves, Breeder: Pierre Jabot DARK GREEN and EMERALD GREEN quartered cap. Sponsor: Ptarmigan Media Limited Form: 21230//-0 D

Daryl Jacob

HH Makes chase debut in first-time hood; useful juvenile hurdler in early 2018 but was returning from a long absence when tailed off at Wetherby in October and he needs to prove he retains his previous promise. Official BHA Rating 123

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B g Anzillero (GER) - Panzara d’Airy (FR) (Cadoubel (FR)) Owner: Dr Moira Hamlin Horse Age: 6 Weight: 10 11 Trainer: Venetia Williams, Hereford Colours: RED, YELLOW star, Breeder: Mr Claude-Yves Pelsy halved sleeves and star on cap. Sponsor: Faucets Limited Form: 3/542-13 D BF

Charlie Deutsch

HHH 13l third under 7lb penalty at Chepstow (2m, soft) last month and another 5lb higher today; however, that may have been a hot race, with the second/fourth having franked the form, and he impressed when making a winning chase debut at Stratford (2m1f, good to soft) the time before; not written off. Official BHA Rating 122

8 N U M I TO R (G B ) (1 9)

Gr g Schiaparelli (GER) - Just Popsy (Turgeon (USA)) Owner: Wetumpka Racing Horse Age: 6 Weight: 10 9 Trainer: Heather Main, Wantage Colours: MAROON, WHITE stripe, Breeder: Mr & Mrs James Main halved sleeves. Sponsor: Tote Form: 005-431

Tom Scudamore

HHH Easily made all when dropped back in trip and tackling soft ground for the first time on last month’s chase debut at Ffos Las (2m); up in grade today but a 7lb rise isn’t harsh and he’s unexposed over fences. Official BHA Rating 120

Hood worn first time by No. 6.

Stewards Note: FLEGMATIK: Following its run on 8/11/2020 it was reported that the horse was hampered by the two fallers. ENZO D’AIRY: Following its run on 20/11/2020 it was reported that the horse lost its right hind shoe. 2019: GREANETEEN (FR) 5 11 8 Harry Cobden 3-1 (Paul Nicholls) 6 ran

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R AC E 4 2.30PM THE SKY BET SUPREME TRIAL N OV I C E S ’ H U R D L E R AC E ( C L A S S

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RACE START

About two miles (1m 7f 152yds) (3,100 metres) For novice four yrs old and upwards Total race value £25000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £10895; Second £4473; Third £2238; Fourth £1118; Fifth £560; Sixth £280. (Penalty Value £14237.50) A See page 43 for conditions of this race.

Sky Bet will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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1 LLANDINABO LAD (GB) (27) Ch g Malinas (GER) - Hot Rhythm (Haafhd) Owner: Celia & Michael Baker Trainer: Tom Symonds, Hentland Breeder: Mr P. P. Symonds Sponsor: Gun Dog Gin Ltd

Jockey Richard Johnson

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 5 Colours: EMERALD GREEN, BLACK seams, hooped sleeves, striped cap. Form: 4/22-11 D

HHHH Following wind surgery, vastly better when switched to hurdles and winning well on soft at Bangor and Haydock; the latter was a six-runner Listed event in which he stayed on strongest, which makes him one of the top contenders on form in this field and shows he can tough it out in a slog. Official BHA Rating 141

2 MY DROGO (GB) (21) B g Milan - My Petra (Midnight Legend) Owner: Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Trainer: Dan Skelton, Alcester Breeder: H & C Group Ltd Sponsor: H & C Group Ltd

Harry Skelton

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Colours: GREY, WHITE epaulets. Form: 21 D

HHHHH 50-1, came from the back when second in a bumper at Cheltenham (soft) in October; went one better in maiden hurdle at Newbury (2m, good) five weeks later, aided by the hot favourite running below-par but leaving a very positive impression nonetheless, not least in scoring despite a lack of fluency over the hurdles; capable of great deal better, particularly if jumping better. Official BHA Rating -

3 NO ORDINARY JOE (IRE) (40) B g Getaway (GER) - Shadow Dearg (IRE) (Beneficial) Owner: Mr John P. McManus Horse Age: 4 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Lambourn Colours: EMERALD GREEN, Breeder: Sean Reilly YELLOW hoops, WHITE cap. Form: 1 D

Nico de Boinville

HHHH Pedigree reads well and he was hugely on top when hot favourite in nine-runner bumper at Sandown (2m, soft) nearly six weeks ago, leading over a furlong out; that marks him down as a highly promising recruit to hurdling and his top trainer has a good record in this race. Official BHA Rating -

4 P R E S S YO U R L U C K ( I R E ) ( 3 4 )

B g Doyen (IRE) - Merry Gladness (IRE) (King’s Ride) Owner: Cox, Lloyd & Finden Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Chris Gordon, Winchester Colours: DARK BLUE and LIGHT BLUE (quartered), Breeder: Gregory Rossiter WHITE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE and Sponsor: Owley Ltd WHITE hooped cap. Form: PF15-11 D

Tom Cannon

HHH Irish maiden point winner; won on good to soft at Newton Abbot and Uttoxeter this autumn on both his starts over hurdles, keeping on gamely; withdrawn because of heavy ground in 2m4f Grade 2 two weeks ago; respected but he needs more improvement in this field. Official BHA Rating 130

5 S H A N TO U E X P R E S S ( I R E ) ( 1 4 )

Ch g Shantou (USA) - Spanker (Suave Dancer (USA)) Owner: The Second Chancers Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Kim Bailey, Cheltenham Colours: LIGHT BLUE, PINK sleeves, LIGHT BLUE Breeder: Catridge Farm Stud and Burgage Stud diamonds, LIGHT BLUE and PINK striped cap. Sponsor: Kim Bailey Racing Ltd Form: 13-2211 D

HHHH Third in Listed bumper on heavy at this meeting last year; has made a solid start over hurdles with two seconds before his wide-margin, long odds-on wins at Exeter (2m1f, good to firm) and Sedgefield (2m4f, soft); one of the top contenders on form and he’s had plenty of jumping practice. Official BHA Rating 134

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David Bass


4 6 S OA R I N G G LO RY ( I R E ) ( 2 3 )

B g Fame And Glory - Hapeney (IRE) (Saddlers’ Hall (IRE)) Owner: Mr P. Hickey Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill, Cheltenham Colours: MAROON, WHITE hoop, Breeder: A. V. Bloodstock diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap. Sponsor: Wasdell Group Form: 112-12F CD BF

Jonjo O’Neill Jr.

HHHH Won bumper here (soft) last November before runner-up in the Listed event (heavy) at this meeting, in the latter with Shantou Express in third; won hurdling debut and he found only a very good Henderson prospect too hot for him at Newbury, before falling two out when 1-8 at Wetherby; no shock if he’s good enough to figure in this company. Official BHA Rating 133

2019: MASTER DEBONAIR 5 11 3 Robbie Power 3-1 (Colin Tizzard) 4 ran

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BETTING FORECAST: 2-1 No Ordinary Joe (IRE), 7-2 Llandinabo Lad (GB), Shantou Express (IRE), 13-2 Soaring Glory (IRE), 7-1 Press Your Luck (IRE), 8-1 My Drogo (GB)

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R AC E 5 3.05PM THE SKY BET NOEL N OV I C E S’ S T E E P L E C H A S E ( C L A S S 1 ) ( G R A D E 2 ) ( G B B R AC E )

RACE FINISH

RACE START

Two miles about three furlongs (2m 2f 175yds) (3,700 metres) For novice four yrs old and upwards Total race value £26000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £11331; Second £4651; Third £2327; Fourth £1162; Fifth £582; Sixth £291. (Penalty Value £14807) A See page 43 for conditions of this race.

Sky Bet will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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1 BOLD PLAN (IRE) (14)

B g Jeremy (USA) - Kings Orchid (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE)) Owner: Mr & Mrs William Rucker Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 3 Trainer: Evan Williams, Llancarfan Colours: ROYAL BLUE, PINK hoop. Breeder: Miss Michelle Bolger Form: 01FP-51 D Sponsor: Tote

Jockey Adam Wedge

HHH Useful hurdler who looks like developing into just as good a chaser, judged on the way he travelled and was produced late in the day to thoroughly eclipse a Tizzard hotpot at Exeter (2m3f, soft) two weeks ago; the runner-up did not look at his best and this field has greater stength in depth. Official BHA Rating 138

2 ALLART (IRE) (283)

B g Shantou (USA) - The Adare Woman (IRE) (Oscar (IRE)) Owner: Mr R. A. Bartlett Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Lambourn Colours: DARK BLUE and WHITE Breeder: Mrs Elizabeth Grant diamonds, WHITE sleeves, RED cap. Sponsor: Albert Bartlett Form: 3/F115-

Nico de Boinville

HHHH Easy wins in novice hurdles at Ludlow and Doncaster; put firmly in his place when 33-1 in the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham (again 2m on soft) in March, which was up with his previous useful form; this company demands good deal better but he is lightly raced and should be a good chasing prospect. Official BHA Rating 143

3 ANTUNES (GB) (28)

B g Nathaniel (IRE) - Aigrette Garzette (IRE) (Peintre Celebre (USA)) Owner: Mr Mark Adams Trainer: Dan Skelton, Alcester Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Breeder: Ammerland Verwaltung GmbH & Co.KG Colours: RED, LIGHT BLUE stars, Sponsor: Ladbrokes, The Air Ambulance Service YELLOW cap, LIGHT BLUE stars. (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire) Form: 2/1P0-21

Harry Skelton

HH Useful hurdler who has returned to form for this season’s two runs over fences, winning at Chepstow (2m, soft) on latest; this is a step up in class but he looks worth his place in the field. Official BHA Rating 137

4 FIDDLERONTHEROOF (IRE) (21) B g Stowaway - Inquisitive Look (Montjeu (IRE)) Owner: Taylor, Burley & O’Dwyer Trainer: Colin Tizzard, Sherborne Breeder: Treaty Pals Syndicate Sponsor: Coral Racing Limited

Robbie Power

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Colours: DARK BLUE, YELLOW braces. Form: 110-212 D BF

HHHHH Won the Grade 1 Tolworth at Sandown (2m, soft) as a novice hurdler last season but flopped in the Supreme Novices’; it was by a head when he won at Exeter (2m3f) last month and he found one too good for him in his other two chase starts, but that was against very talented rivals and he brings clearly the best chase form to this contest. Official BHA Rating 148

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B g Fame And Glory - Baby Briggs (IRE) (Presenting) Owner: McNeill Family Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Jamie Snowden, Lambourn Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoops, Breeder: John Mounsey MAROON sleeves and cap. Sponsor: Ultima Business Solutions Form: 2131P-2

HH Won heavy-ground novice events (2m4f/2m6f) in two of his first four hurdle runs before finding it tough in the Albert Bartlett (3m) at Cheltenham in March; second at Carlisle (heavy) on chasing debut was very satisfactory considering the drop back to 2m but today’s company is a step up. Official BHA Rating 140 (-1)

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Jonjo O’Neill Jr.


5 6 PIC D’ORHY (FR) (28)

B g Turgeon (USA) - Rose Candy (FR) (Roli Abi (FR)) Owner: Mrs Johnny de la Hey Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 0 Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat Colours: ROYAL BLUE, PINK hoops, Breeder: Mr J. Contou Carrere & Mr Y. Broca armlets and cap. Sponsor: Morson Group Form: 0/F61-2F

Harry Cobden

HHHH Unseated on sole French chase start; capable of mixing it with the best of these judged on his win in a top handicap hurdle at Newbury (2m, good) in February; not discredited when turned over at Market Rasen on British chase debut but he got three out all wrong over C&D next time, which casts a cloud. Official BHA Rating 150 Tongue Strap worn by No. 5, 6.

2019: ANGELS BREATH (IRE) 5 11 0 Nico de Boinville 1-5 (Nicky Henderson) 2 ran

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RACE START

About two miles (1m 7f 152yds) (3,100 metres) For four, five and six yrs old

Total race value £17000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £7409; Second £3041; Third £1522; Fourth £760; Fifth £381; Sixth £190. (Penalty Value £9681.50) A See page 43 for conditions of this race.

Sky Bet will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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1 CADMAR (GB) (377)

B g Shirocco (GER) - Raitera (FR) (Astarabad (USA)) Owner: Mr Richard & Mrs Carol Cheshire Horse Age: 6 Weight: 11 4 Trainer: Chris Gordon, Winchester Colours: LIGHT BLUE, large ROYAL BLUE spots, Breeder: R. D. & Mrs J. S. Chugg ROYAL BLUE cap, LIGHT BLUE spots. Sponsor: Owley Ltd Form: 41- D

Jockey Tom Cannon

HHH Second attempt and travelled easily best when winning well in ten-runner race at Chepstow (2m, soft) in December 2019; Official BHA Rating not seen since and the form can be questioned but he looked promising.

2 KNAPPERS HILL (IRE) (69)

B g Valirann (FR) - Brogella (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE)) Owner: Mr P K Barber and Mr P J Vogt Horse Age: 4 Weight: 11 4 Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE chevron, Breeder: Ronnie O’Neill hooped sleeves, WHITE cap. Sponsor: Morson Group Form: 1 D

Megan Nicholls

HHHH €155,000 3yo; half-brother to winners including smart Swamp Fox and very useful Rene’s Girl; 2-5 and faced just three rivals when winning very comfortably at Chepstow (2m, good) in October; the runner-up has done nothing for the form but this one needs respect representing Paul Nicholls, who also sends out Stage Star so it will be interesting to see which is stronger in the betting. Official BHA Rating -

3 MARBLE SANDS (FR) (48) Gr g Martaline - Sans Rien (FR) (Poliglote) Owner: DL Adams, JA Adams & G McPherson Trainer: Graeme McPherson, Stow-On-The-Wold Breeder: Mr G. Codre & Mrs. A. & K Kepa Sponsor: Longcroft Building Services Ltd

Kielan Woods

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 11 4 Colours: DARK BLUE, PINK Cross of Lorraine, PINK and DARK BLUE diabolo on sleeves, PINK cap, DARK BLUE diamond. Form: 51 CD

HHH Fifth of ten at Warwick (good) on debut; clearcut C&D win (soft) at the end of October and runner-up won next time; open to further progress. Official BHA Rating -

4 MUCHO MAS (IRE) (-)

B g Fame And Glory - Ceart Go Leor (IRE) (Montelimar (USA)) Owner: Mrs J. A. Wakefield Horse Age: 4 Weight: 11 4 Trainer: Ben Pauling, Bourton-on-the-Water Colours: PURPLE, WHITE sleeves, Breeder: Craic Syndicate PURPLE stars, PURPLE cap, WHITE star. Sponsor: Black Castle Sports Management Ltd Form:

Nico de Boinville

HH €11,500 foal, €48,000 3yo; fifth foal; half-brother to two point winners; dam point and 2m2f/2m4f hurdle winner, half-sister to 2m3f chase winner Ebony Flyer from family of high-class staying jumper Bradbury Star; trainer 0-18 in bumpers this season. Official BHA Rating -

5 PEKING ROSE (GB) (64) Br g Passing Glance - Miniature Rose (Anshan) Owner: Coln Valley Partnership Trainer: Fergal O’Brien, Cheltenham Breeder: Coln Valley Stud Sponsor: Dunraven Group of Companies

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 11 4 Colours: TURQUOISE, BLACK braces, CERISE cap. Form: 1

HHH Ninth foal; half-brother to six winners, all successful in bumpers; dam bumper winner, half-sister to smart staying jumper Frosty Canyon; second favourite, won nine-runner bumper at Carlisle (2m1f, good) nine weeks ago, responding to pressure to grab the leaders late on; should improve and see this out well. Official BHA Rating -

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Paddy Brennan


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B g Fame And Glory - Sparky May (Midnight Legend) Owner: Owners Group 044 Horse Age: 4 Weight: 11 4 Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Ditcheat Colours: MAUVE, BLACK chevrons Breeder: Ruxley Holdings Ltd on sleeves, BLACK cap. Sponsor: Owners Group Form: 1 D

Harry Cobden

HHHHH €60,000 3yo whose dam was the very useful hurdler Sparky May; justified favouritism in 11-runner race at Chepstow (soft) in October, leading 1f out and comfortably stretching 7l clear; several rivals have done well since; top yard (also sends out Knappers Hill) and should have a bright future. Official BHA Rating -

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B g Yeats (IRE) - Rock Me Gently (Sulamani (IRE)) Owner: REBEL JUMPING II Horse Age: 4 Weight: 11 4 Trainer: Richard Spencer, Newmarket Colours: BLACK, GREY sleeves, Breeder: Barbara Kirby BLACK stars. Sponsor: Rebel Racing Ltd, Direct Commercial Ltd Form: 1 CD

James Bowen

HHHH €105,000 3yo; closely related to fairly useful 2m hurdle winner Ballyneety; dam unplaced in bumpers, half-sister to bumper, hurdle and high-class chase winner Riverside Theatre; co-favourite for 13-runner C&D race (soft) four weeks ago, challenging early in the straight and battling well to gain the upper hand late on; no form clues since from the other principals but that display seems to put him firmly in the picture. Official BHA Rating Running for the first time since Gelding No. 4.

2019: ISRAEL CHAMP (IRE) 4 11 8 Tom Scudamore 8-1 (David Pipe) 9 ran

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BETTING FORECAST: 5-2 Stage Star (IRE), 4-1 Wonderwall (IRE), 9-2 Knappers Hill (IRE), 11-2 Peking Rose (GB), 13-2 Cadmar (GB), 7-1 Marble Sands (FR), 10-1 Mucho Mas (IRE)

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Sir Francis Brooke Bt. (Chairman and Her Majesty’s Representative) Lady Celina Carter Guy Davison Guy Henderson Ian McGregor CVO Harry Morley Nick Smith Alastair Warwick

Simon Cowley (Chief Steward) John Paxman (Stewards’ Panel Chair) Chris Hill, Chris Rutter, Cody Watkins, Richard Westropp

OFFICIALS

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Guy Henderson (Chief Executive Officer) Ian McGregor CVO Jonathan Parker Nick Smith Alastair Warwick

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RACE CONDITIONS First Race 12.45 - THE ITV7 £100K JACKPOT ON BOXING DAY CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (CLASS 3) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £7797 to the winning horse The second to receive £2289, the third £1144, the fourth £572, the fifth £350, the sixth £350, the seventh £350 and the eighth £350. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 0-130 (also open to such horses rated 131 and 132 - see Standard Conditions). £60 stake if the horse is rated 104 or higher, or £12 stake if the horse is rated 103 or lower with £48 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. December 16th. Penalties, after December 5th, 2020, for each hurdle race won 7lb. To be ridden by Conditional Jockeys, Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)42 and Professional Jockeys eligible to claim a weight allowance under paragraph 53 of the Weights and Handicapping Code Allowances: Jockeys who, prior to December 15th, 2020, have not ridden more than 20 such winners 3lb Jockeys who have not ridden more than 10 such winners 5lb Jockeys who have not ridden more than 5 such winners 7lb (Only one of these allowances may be claimed and wins in any races run under the Rules of Racing or the Rules of a recognised Racing Authority will count) Jockeys riding for their own stables allowed, in addition 3lb. Sky Bet has generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. 25 entries at £60. - Closed December 12th, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £5944; Second £1969; Third £985; Fourth £492; Fifth £280; Sixth £280; Seventh £280; Eighth £280. (Penalty Value £7797.60) A SEE PAGE 12 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 1.20 - THE SKY BET MONEY BACK AS CASH MAIDEN HURDLE RACE (CLASS 3) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £6498 to the winning horse The second to receive £1908, the third £954 and the fourth £477. for maiden four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, December 12th and pay £50 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. December 16th. Weights: 11st each Fillies and mares allowed 7lb. Sky Bet has generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Sky Bet. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 13 entries at £50. - Closed December 12th, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £4953; Second £1641; Third £821; Fourth £410. (Penalty Value £6498) SEE PAGE 18 FOR THIS RACE.

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Third Race 1.55 - THE SKY BET EXTRA PLACES EVERY DAY NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 3) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £9747 to the winning horse The second to receive £2862, the third £1431, the fourth £715, the fifth £350, the sixth £350, the seventh £350 and the eighth £350. for novice four yrs old and upwards, Rated 0-135 (also open to such horses rated 136 and 137 - see Standard Conditions). £75 stake if the horse is rated 116 or higher, or £15 stake if the horse is rated 115 or lower with £60 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. December 16th. Lowest weight 10st 3lb; Highest weight 11st 8lb Penalties, after December 5th, 2020, for each steeple chase won 7lb. Sky Bet has generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of SKY BET. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 14 entries, 1 at £15 and 13 at £75. - Closed December 12th, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £7430; Second £2462; Third £1232; Fourth £615; Fifth £280; Sixth £280; Seventh £280; Eighth £280. (Penalty Value £9747) SEE PAGE 22 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 2.30 - THE SKY BET SUPREME TRIAL NOVICES’ HURDLE RACE (CLASS 1)(Grade 2) (Registered as THE KENNEL GATE) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £14237 to the winning horse The second to receive £5342, the third £2675, the fourth £1332, the fifth £670 and the sixth £335. for novice four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, December 12th and pay £125 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. December 16th. Weights: 11st each Fillies and mares allowed 7lb Penalties, a winner of a Class 2 weight-for-age or Class 1 handicap hurdle race 3lb Of a Class 1 weight-for-age hurdle race 5lb. Sky Bet has generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of SKY BET. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 11 entries at £125. - Closed December 12th, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £10895; Second £4473; Third £2238; Fourth £1118; Fifth £560; Sixth £280. (Penalty Value £14237.50) A SEE PAGE 30 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 3.05 - THE SKY BET NOEL NOVICES’ STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 2) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £14807 to the winning horse The second to receive £5556, the third £2782, the fourth £1385, the fifth £696 and the sixth £348. for novice four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, December 12th and pay £130 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. December 16th. Weights: 4-y-o 10st 8lb; 5-y-o and up 11st Fillies and mares allowed 7lb Penalties, a winner of a Class 2 weightfor-age or Class 1 handicap steeple chase 3lb Of a Class 1 weight-for-age steeple chase 5lb. Sky Bet has generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of SKY BET. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 7 entries at £130. - Closed December 12th, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £11331; Second £4651; Third £2327; Fourth £1162; Fifth £582; Sixth £291. (Penalty Value £14807) A SEE PAGE 34 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 3.35 - THE ENTER ITV7 TONIGHT STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 1) (Listed Race) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £9681 to the winning horse The second to receive £3632, the third £1819, the fourth £906, the fifth £455 and the sixth £227. for four, five and six yrs old only, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except National Hunt Flat races, Irish National Hunt Flat races or French AQPS Flat races. Enter by noon, December 12th and pay £85 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. December 16th. Weights: 11st 4lb each Fillies and mares allowed 7lb Penalties, a winner of a Class 1 race 4lb. The Riders shall be: (i) Those holding Steeple Chase and Rule (D)27 (ii) Conditional Jockeys (iii) Amateur Riders holding ‘Category B’ permits to ride, or (iv) Amateur Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)30.. Sky Bet has generously sponsored this race and a memento will be presented to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. ELIMINATION PROCEDURE - SEE the Elimination and Balloting Procedures (contained in the Race Administration Code). 15 entries at £85. - Closed December 12th, 2020. Owners Prize Money. Winner £7409; Second £3041; Third £1522; Fourth £760; Fifth £381; Sixth £190. (Penalty Value £9681.50) A SEE PAGE 38 FOR THIS RACE.

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THE ASCOT ENQUIRY Jamie Osborne Jamie Osborne may be better known these days as a successful trainer but today we look back to his winning ride in the 1995 Long Walk Hurdle where he partnered Silver Wedge, trained by Oliver Sherwood. Sent off as a 7-1 chance he looked an unlikely winner jumping the third-last hurdle, but the four-year-old chestnut dug deep to clearly beat the favourite Putty Road, ridden by Adrian Maguire, with Richard Hughes - another familiar Ascot face and jockey turned trainer - riding Top Spin into third. Here we catch up with Jamie as he shares his most memorable Ascot moments, his favourite Ascot ride and, given the chance, who he would like to be riding in tomorrow’s feature race, the Grade 1 Porsche Long Walk Hurdle. Your favourite Ascot memory from your time as a jockey? Winning the John Durkan Leukaemia Trust Handicap Chase on Coome Hill in 1998. It was my first day back from a year on the sidelines in a race named after my great friend JD who had passed away earlier in the year. Which was your favourite horse to ride at Ascot and why? Coome Hill. All I had to do was point and push! Tell us a little known fact about yourself ? I am a very good trainer. Which National Hunt horse currently in training would you like to ride in this year’s Long Walk Hurdle? Paisley Park. The best piece of advice you were ever given as a jockey? Give up. What do you miss most about your time in the saddle? Its simplicity. It only required a saddle, a car and a phone. Spend the days enjoying yourself and a cheque arrived at the end of the month. You jump the last hurdle in the Long Walk riding Silver Wedge upsides Baracouda, under Thierry Doumen, and Paisley Park, ridden by Aidan Coleman. Who wins? Baracouda 1st, Paisley Park 2nd, Silver Wedge distant 3rd. You are throwing a fantasy dinner party, which four racing guests would you invite? Sir Mark Prescott, Martin Pipe, Jamie Bargary, Mike Tindall. Hurdles or chase fences? Chase fences. All I want for Christmas is… Money.

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A festive selection from the Ascot Wine Club

T H E 12 W I N E S O F C HRISTM A S Whether decorating the tree together or watching a favourite festive film, there’s a wine for every occasion! Explore the knowledgeable recommendations from Hallgarten & Novum Wines and Moët & Chandon, Ascot’s Official Suppliers, at

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Winner of the 2019 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Registered as The Kennel Gate) Jockey: Robbie Power

Trainer: Colin Tizzard

Owner: The Gosden Mob & SprayClad UK Breeder: M C And Mrs Yeo

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