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13:45 Ascot 13 Jul 2019

Betfred Heritage Handicap

Class 2 | 3YO plus

Winner £62,250 - 19 ran

5f

Good to Firm

Draw Advantage: High

Last year’s race

Spring Loaded
  • Winner: Spring Loaded
  • Jockey: A Kirby
  • Trainer: P W D'Arcy
  • Owner: Rowley Racing
  • Age: 6 Weight: 9st 7lbs
  • Starting Price: 7/1
  • Season Form Figures: 9
  • Previous Best: 2nd – Class 2 Handicap, York (October 2017)

A £100,000 5f handicap kicks off Saturday’s card which has witnessed a notable upturn in the fortunes of the classier sprinters in the last two years with both Danzeno and Spring Loaded overcoming big weights (9st 10lb and 9st 7lb respectively) and ratings of 100+ in the process.
In fact, last year just five 100+ officially-rated horses faced the starter and they finished 1-3-4-5-8 in a 20-runner handicap. It was a similar outcome in 2017 when 100+ rated horses finished 1-2-3-5 from their eight runners in a 17-runner renewal giving cause to consider perming similarly-rated declarations in a various exacta and trifectas.

Both were also older than the standard winners of leading sprint handicaps aged six. Only five three-year-olds have run but none have hit the frame as yet.

This is only the seventh year so trends are rather thin on the ground but the market has been a good indicator so far with two winning or co-favourites and just winner sent off at bigger than 10/1. In fact, the last four winners were sent off in the front two in the market.

Only Spring Loaded of the winning quartet had ran at Royal Ascot the previous month where he was an eye-catching ninth in the Wokingham on his seasonal debut and he ran out a very ready and well-backed winner in this race on his next start. Danzeno’s previous start was also at Ascot finishing fifth in a Class 2 contest, as is this, and both were successfully dropping back from 6f to 5f.

Apprentices taking off 5lb have won two of the six runnings.

At a glance summary

Positives
Officially rated 100+
Front pair in the market
Negatives
None

Previous Winners

Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Good to Firm 20 Spring Loaded 4 6 9 7 100 31206-9 21 days P D'Arcy (88 miles) Adam Kirby 7/ 1 0:59.01
2017 Good 17 Danzeno 15 6 9 10 104 2022-65 21 days M Appleby (124 miles) Silvestre De Sousa 4/ 1 1:00.25
2016 Good to Firm 18 Royal Birth 14 5 8 10 92 316601 24 days S C Williams (88 miles) Aaron Jones 8/ 1 1:00.32
2015 Good to Firm 18 Double Up 6 4 9 2 98 230-113 16 days R Varian (88 miles) F Tylicki 7/ 1 1:00.06
2014 Good to Firm 18 Discussiontofollow 1 4 8 10 92 211-133 14 days Mike Murphy (53 miles) Shane W Kelly 10/ 1 0:58.89
2013 Good to Firm 19 Masamah 11 7 9 5 100 825-272 7 days M Botti (88 miles) D E Egan 14/ 1 0:59.31
2012 Firm 18 Barnet Fair 18 4 8 3 88 5D-0796 6 days R C Guest (216 miles) Kieren Fox 7/ 1 0:59.66
2011 Good 12 Medicean Man 13 5 9 10 101 287321 15 days J Gask (46 miles) Harry Bentley 4/ 1 1:01.25
2010 Good to Firm 21 Masamah 4 4 9 1 96 02-1404 15 days K Ryan (240 miles) Jamie Spencer 13/ 2 1:00.14
2009 Good to Firm 19 Judge 'n Jury 9 5 9 4 98 650764 15 days R Harris (101 miles) K Ghunowa 14/ 1 1:00.15