Ascot Reflections

November 22nd, 2019 | Marten's Current Racing Diary

Hi there,

Angels Breath beat his three rivals at Ascot this afternoon in one of the best novices chases of the season, jumping well to defeat First Flow by eight lengths. The winner’s stable companion Birchdale could never really go the pace, with The Mighty Don also outpaced in fourth.

The winner may be the sort to run best when fresh, so it would not surprise me to see him given a quiet time between now and Cheltenham. His target there would probably be the JLT Novices’ Chase, for which he is a top price of 14/1.

These are early days, but Samcro and Black Op currently head the market for that race.

Later in the day I was pleased to see Not So Sleepy make the running in the 0-145 handicap hurdle.

Hughie Morrison’s seven-year-old takes a bit of settling, but Jonathan Burke stole a few lengths at the start and they had enough to hold the challengers from the last. He was nicely treated on 122 when you think he ran fourth in the Cesarewitch off 94.

Bye for now