Christy 1965 Chase

Grade 2, Ascot 14:05
£70,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 5f 8y, Class 1  
Saturday 24th November 2018


1 Politologue 5/4F
2 Charbel 5/2
3 Gold Present 15/2
6 ran Distances: ½l, 10l, 6l
Time: 5m 13.80s (slow by 5.80s)

Politologue digs deep to hold Charbel

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It looked like the 5-4 favourite might run out a cosy winner, but he had to be ridden out to land the Grade Two spoils.

Nicholls was at Haydock, where he told ITV Racing: "He just frightens you to death because he travelled so well and the minute he hits the front he idles.

"It's his first run of the season, but he didn't want for fitness because he was ready. He could have done with a tow in the race a little bit longer.

"He was giving 7lb to the second horse. All he'll do is keep improving. The better the race, the better he is.

"I don't know about the King George. All the way through that race he showed so much pace. You just have to question whether his forte is going to be stamina or whether he's got plenty of speed.

"He's confusing me because he does travel and jump so well in his races.

"He will probably travel as long as you want, even over three miles. Kempton is a flat track and would probably suit him and not commit too soon on him.

"He'd turned into the straight at Kempton travelling really well. It's just if he's got that stamina over three. I just don't know."


Christy 1965 Chase
£70,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f 8y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Politologue (FR) 5/4f Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 7
2nd ½ Charbel (IRE) 5/2 David Bass
K C Bailey 7
3rd 10 Gold Present (IRE) 15/2 James Bowen
N J Henderson 8
4th 6 Benatar (IRE) 9/2 J E Moore
G L Moore 6
5th 3 Sizing Granite (IRE) 33/1 N D Fehily
C L Tizzard 10
6th 4 Hammersly Lake (FR) 16/1 Sean Bowen
C E Longsdon 10

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