Balmoral Handicap (sponsored By Qipco)
(British Champions Series)
Handicap, Ascot 16:30
£250,000 added,
3yo plus, 1m, Class 2   
Saturday 20th October 2018

1 Sharja Bridge 8/1
2 Escobar 33/1
3 Mjjack 20/1
4 Another Batt 66/1
20 ran Distances: ¾l, ½l, nk
Time: 1m 43.50s (slow by 4.90s)

Sharja Bridge come from the clouds and beats Escobar!

Sharja Bridge
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Sharja Bridge
Roger Varian landed the concluding event on QIPCO British Champions Day following the last-gap success of 8/1 shot Sharja Bridge over the straight mile.
The four-year-old son of Oasis Dream ran on strongly in the closing stages to collar 33/1 shot Escobar, trained by David O'Meara, to score by three-quarters of a length under a power-packed ride from James Doyle.
Newmarket handler Varian said: "I spent seven furlongs of that race swearing! I did not think we were going to get a run.
"Sharja Bridge is a talented horse and I have always thought a lot of him. He has run some good races in defeat this year.
"It was a shame that Andrea couldn't ride and I'm sure he'll be sat at home upset that he couldn't ride. However, he's had a great season.
"Well done to James Doyle who gave the horse a great ride."
Escobar, trained in Yorkshire by David O'Meara, came home a three-quarter of a length second .
Adam Kirby, who rode the 33/1 chance, said: "It was a very tricky race. I thought I had got there late enough, but it was still too soon.
"Possibly we have bumped into one on the day - it opens up and you have got to go when you have got to go.
"I have ridden him a few times and I keep saying that he has a lot of class. He just needs things to go right. I thought it was going right for me today - I am just gutted!"
O'Meara added: "He is a hugely talented horse but he needs things to just drop right for him. He just got to front too early through nobody's fault." Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

Balmoral Handicap (sponsored By Qipco)
£250,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
20 ran
Going: Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (8) Sharja Bridge 8/1 James Doyle
R Varian 4
2nd (15) ¾ Escobar (IRE) 33/1 A Kirby
D O'Meara 4
3rd (7) ½ Mjjack (IRE) 20/1 C Lee (3)
K R Burke 4
4th (17) nk Another Batt (IRE) 66/1 Cameron Noble (5)
George Scott 3
5th (18) ½ Kynren (IRE) 6/1 W Buick
T D Barron 4
6th (20) 1 Raising Sand (ex6) 6/1 Nicola Currie (3)
J A Osborne 6
7th (23) hd Argentello (IRE) (ex6) 9/2f L Dettori
J H M Gosden 3
8th (2) Mitchum Swagger 11/1 Harry Bentley
R M Beckett 6
9th (10) ½ Waarif (IRE) 25/1 C J McGovern (3)
D O'Meara 5
10th (11) ½ South Seas (IRE) 12/1 Oisin Murphy
A M Balding 4
11th (22) Flaming Spear (IRE) 14/1 R Winston
D K Ivory 6
12th (3) s.h Hathal (USA) 16/1 J P Spencer
J A Osborne 6
13th (16) ¾ Tricorn (IRE) 25/1 R Havlin
J H M Gosden 4
14th (5) 2 Via Via (IRE) 10/1 R L Moore
J Tate 6
15th (4) ¾ Safe Voyage (IRE) 9/1 S P Davis (5)
J J Quinn 5
16th (12) 1 Zwayyan 14/1 Jason Watson
A M Balding 5
17th (13) Humbert (IRE) 25/1 Josephine Gordon
H Palmer 4
18th (19) 6 Raydiance 50/1 Jonathan Fisher (7)
K R Burke 3
19th (21) 4 Circus Couture (IRE) 33/1 J F Egan
Jane Chapple-Hyam 6
20th (9) 5 Aquarium (ex6) 33/1 F Norton
M Johnston 3

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