Sodexo Gold Cup

Grade 3, Ascot 15:25
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m, Class 1  
Saturday 31st October 2015

1 Pendra 11/2F
2 Double Ross 16/1
3 Fox Appeal 9/1
15 ran Distances: 3¼l, 3l, ¾l
TIME 5m 51.70s (slow by 8.70s)

Pendra finally lives up to the hype, hitting the jackpot at Ascot

Pendra
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Pendra

Having been beaten when well fancied at the last three Cheltenham Festivals, the seven-year-old at long last came good on the big occasion with victory in the Grade Three affair.

Given a patient ride by Barry Geraghty, the well-supported 11-2 favourite took control of matters between the final two fences before staying on in spirited fashion to defeat the fast-finishing Double Ross by three and a quarter lengths.

Victory put the seal on a fantastic day for Longsdon, who struck with Masterplan in the opening race at Ascot and also won the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby with Kilcooley.

The trainer said: "Finally he has won one. He has been short priced in handicaps at the last three Cheltenham Festivals and it is nice to win a big prize as it was long overdue.

"I said to Barry beforehand that it would be good if he could win a big handicap at some stage.

"He was wrong last year and he had a wind operation but he is fresh and well and put it all in."

Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Pendra (IRE) 11/2f B J Geraghty
10-7
C E Longsdon 7
2nd Double Ross (IRE) 16/1 Ryan Hatch (3)
11-3
N A Twiston-Davies 9
3rd 3 Fox Appeal (IRE) 9/1 G Sheehan
11-5
Miss E C Lavelle 8
4th ¾ What A Warrior (IRE) 13/2 Harry Skelton
10-7
D Skelton 8
5th Cantlow (IRE) 20/1 Paul Moloney
10-6
P R Webber 10
6th nse Ned Stark (IRE) 7/1 D F O'Regan
10-8
A King 7
7th Virak (FR) 9/1 Nick Scholfield
11-7
P F Nicholls 6
8th 5 Lost Legend (IRE) 20/1 A Tinkler
10-12
Jonjo O'Neill 8
9th Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 10/1 Aidan Coleman
11-12
Miss V Williams 8
PU Le Reve (IRE) 8/1 D A Jacob
11-2
Mrs L Wadham 7
PU Royal Player 25/1 T J O'Brien
11-0
P J Hobbs 6
PU Present View 11/1 Brendan Powell
10-12
Jamie Snowden 7
PU Bennys Mist (IRE) 50/1 L Treadwell
10-10
Miss V Williams 9
PU Leo Luna 22/1 Joshua Moore
10-6
G L Moore 6
PU No Buts 16/1 Tom Cannon
10-4
D G Bridgwater 7

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