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    Pic D'Orhy Asserts Dominance in Ascot Chase, Outperforming L'Homme Presse
Pic D'Orhy Asserts Dominance in Ascot Chase, Outperforming L'Homme Presse

Pic D'Orhy Asserts Dominance in Ascot Chase, Outperforming L'Homme Presse


In a masterful display of equestrian skill, Pic D'Orhy, under the expert guidance of jockey Harry Cobden, secured a resounding victory in the prestigious Betfair Ascot Chase. Trained by Paul Nicholls, the nine-year-old gelding delivered a faultless performance, showcasing impeccable jumping prowess and unwavering speed throughout the race.

Having finished second to Shishkin in the Grade One feature a year prior, Pic D'Orhy left no room for doubt this time. Asserting his dominance early on, Cobden skillfully piloted his mount to a commanding lead, leaving the favourite, L'Homme Presse, struggling to keep pace. With flawless jumps and strategic positioning, Pic D'Orhy steadily increased his advantage, with L'Homme Presse faltering under pressure and veering off course.

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As the race progressed, challengers like Ahoy Senor and Sail Away attempted to close the gap, but Cobden had expertly conserved his mount's energy. Approaching the final stretch, Pic D'Orhy surged ahead, executing a magnificent leap over the last fence to clinch a decisive five-and-a-half-length victory over L'Homme Presse.

Reflecting on the race, Nicholls praised Pic D'Orhy's performance, highlighting the gelding's exceptional stamina and speed over the current distance. He expressed confidence in the horse's potential to excel in longer races, hinting at future considerations for events like the King George. Nicholls commended Cobden's outstanding ride, emphasising his champion-like qualities and predicting a straight path to Aintree for their next challenge.

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In another compelling race, Threeunderthrufive emerged as a Grand National contender, showcasing his class in the Injured Jockeys Fund Ambassadors Programme Swinley Handicap Chase. Despite a hiatus from the winner's circle, the nine-year-old produced a stellar performance under top weight, edging out competitors Shan Blue and Rapper to claim victory. With eyes now on Aintree, Nicholls revealed potential plans for the talented gelding, highlighting his suitability for upcoming prestigious events.

Meanwhile, in a thrilling finish, jockey Joe Anderson guided Mothill to victory in the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Handicap Hurdle. Overcoming a dropped whip, Anderson displayed remarkable skill and determination aboard the 18-1 shot, fending off challenges from rivals and securing a well-deserved win for Neil Mulholland's talented hurdler.

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