Grade Two Ascot 1965 Chase Guide 2023

Ascot - November 25 2023
Ascot 13:30
1
Harry Cobden

Pic D'Orhy

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 162
Days: 225

Won 4 of his 5 chase starts last season including a grade 1 at the Aintree Grand National meeting.

His only defeat last season came in the grade 1 Ascot Chase in Februrary where he was 16 lengths behind Shishkin.

Work to do here to reverse that form but he is a very talented horse who should keep improving.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/02/24ASC21GS11-101
13/01/24KEM20.5GS11-82
25/11/23ASC21Gd11-101
14/04/23AIN20Sft11-101
18/02/23ASC21GS11-102
Ascot - November 25 2023
Ascot 13:30
2
Nico de Boinville

Shishkin

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-10
OR: 173
Days: 226

Well beaten on his seasonal return last year in the Tingle Creek but returned a different horse 77 days later after a wind op and upped in trip.

Won two grade 1s over 2m 5f and 3m and was unlucky not to win the Ryainair at Cheltenham.

Gets first time cheekpieces here on his return as he can race a bit lazily nowadays but definitely the one they all have to beat on form.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/02/24NBY23.5Hy11-81
26/12/23KEM24Gd11-10UR
25/11/23ASC21Gd11-10RR
13/04/23AIN25GS11-101
16/03/23CHL20.5Sft11-102
Ascot - November 25 2023
Ascot 13:30
3
Theo Gillard

Minella Drama

J: Theo Gillard
T: Donald McCain
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-4
OR: 157
Days: 27

Finished 2nd in the Old Roan Chase on his return this season 27 days ago.

Prior to that had finished 3rd beaten 7 lengths in the grade 1 at Aintree won by Pic D'Orhy.

Has race fitness on his side and gets 6lb now from that rival which should bring them a lot closer.

Whether either of them can get close to Shishkin however remains to be seen.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/12/23AIN20Sft12-07
25/11/23ASC21Gd11-43
29/10/23AIN20GS11-92
14/04/23AIN20Sft11-103
17/02/23KEL21.5Gd12-01
Ascot - November 25 2023
Ascot 13:30
4
Sean Houlihan

Straw Fan Jack

J: Sean Houlihan
T: Sheila Lewis
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-4
OR: 141
Days: 226

Won his first two starts over fences last year before being highly tried and ultimately well beaten in three starts after.

Makes his seasonal return here and looks to be out of his depth.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL20.5GS10-910
23/12/23ASC21Gd11-103
25/11/23ASC21Gd11-42
13/04/23AIN20GS11-74
14/03/23CHL16Sft11-74