ASCOT hosted a cracking card on Friday, and it did not disappoint with various horses staking their claims for the Cheltenham Competition.
The Berkshire monitor additionally noticed the return of Finian’s Oscar who had appeared to get again on monitor following his Sandown defeat.
DIVINE SPEAR prolonged his unbeaten run over fences with a win within the Stella Artois Novices’ Restricted Handicap Chase.
Nicky Henderson’s chaser impressed as he drew away from the sector.
Connections at the moment are eyeing up a run within the Shut Brothers Novice Handicap Chase subsequent March.
Henderson stated: “That was good as a result of he needs two and a half (miles).
“I used to be nervous about coming again to 2 and a bit however it simply did not look the strongest race and it appeared a pleasant race for him.
“I might wish to assume he can creep into the two-and-a-half-mile novice handicap on the Competition however we’ve acquired to evaluate it proper.”
CLAIMANTAKINFORGAN was lower to 12-1 from 20-1 with Solar Bets for Supreme Hurdle glory after his win within the Grade 2 Sky Guess Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Trial.
Henderson was having fun with a profitable day at Ascot and was thrilled with the efficiency from the bettering hurdler.
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“I am happy as that isn’t his floor and he has acquired gears and he’s a two-mile horse.
“We will probably be trying down the Supreme highway. He has acquired some scope. He has acquired an excellent head on him and he’s an excellent jumper. He has acquired a very good racing mind on him.”
BENATAR threw his hat into the Competition ring as he acquired the higher of the new favorite FINIAN’S OSCAR within the Grade 2 Mitie Noel Novices’ Chase.
Connections had hoped Finian’s Oscar would reap the benefits of the drop at school however even this step up in journey was not sufficient as Benatar narrowly held on to win.
Successful coach Gary Moore stated: “My horse was over-racing. He was travelling too nicely.
“He might have completed with a greater gallop and the second horse was not leaping along with his typical fluency and subsequently our has needed to transfer up into the race sooner than he wanted to.
“He has actually caught his neck out although and he needed to win. He’s a correct horse. I believe he’ll get three miles. It was robust on the market in the present day and he has acquired the two-five OK.
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JLT Novice Chase – Finian’s Oscar 12/1 from 7/1 and Benetar 14/1 first present
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“We should see what the bottom is at Cheltenham however we are going to enter him within the JLT and RSA and take it from there.
“I should return and see what there may be. He might need yet one more race earlier than Cheltenham.
“He’s up and coming and I do see him as a Ladbrokes Trophy horse at some point.”
Colin Tizzard is about to step Finian’s Oscar up in journey once more and apply headgear as he appears to be like to revive his lofty repute.
He stated: “He was doing nothing the primary mile, very very like he was at Sandown the opposite day.
“We are going to go up in journey and put some cheekpieces or blinkers on. As Bryan stated it’s not that he’s ungenuine, he’s simply cautious.
“We simply must straighten him up. He’ll go three miles now with one thing on his head, in all probability cheekpieces.”
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