The hugely promising Waiting Patiently scored a fifth consecutive victory after an emotional win in the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase. Trained by Ruth Jefferson after the passing of her Father, Malcolm, the seven-year-old remained true to his name throughout, stalking the field before jumping into contention before the turn onto the home straight.
Closing in on the leader, beloved perennial Cue Card, jockey Brian Hughes was eventually triumphant by two and three-quarter lengths to secure an immensely moving victory for the Jefferson family.
On a card filled with quality, the first race went the way of Tim Vaughan-trained Point of Principle, who battled to the line alongside Dame De Compagnie to prevail by a mere nose and win the Ascot Schools Art Competition Novices’ Hurdle under Alan Johns. There were no such fine margins in the second race, the Grade 2 Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase.
A combination in incredible form, Bryony Frost and Black Corton travelled strongly throughout and won by an impressive eight lengths from Ms Parfois and Sean Bowen. Another duelling finish was produced, however, by the third race on the card. The Keltbray Swinley Chase saw Regal Encore and Minella Daddy lock horns from the final fence to the winning post, with Regal Encore eventually finding a length and a half on this rival under Richie McLernon.
The Ascot Spring Garden Show Handicap Hurdle staged another gripping finish, with Brian Hughes steering Le Patriote to a one-length victory from David Pipe’s Friday Night Light. A success aboard Waiting Patiently in our feature race then provided Hughes with back to back victories.
Up and coming young jockey James Bowen delivered an impressive ride to guide Ballyheigue Bay to win in the penultimate race on the card, the racinguk.com/clubdays Handicap Hurdle, by a just a neck from his nearest challenger. A superb day of Jump racing was wrapped up by the Millgate Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, won by Buildmeupbuttercup for trainer Mick Channon, the third leg of a treble for jockey Brian Hughes.
Our Jump season concludes on Sunday 25th March, a Family-themed raceday where the racing action is complemented off-track by wealth of Family entertainment.