Look Closely just hands on to claim second Ascot win
It turned out to be a perfectly judged ride by Andrea Atzeni in the Thames Hospice Handicap as Look Closely just held on from some fast finishers who ultimately left it too late. The crucial move came three furlongs from home where Look Closely clocked 11.38s, the quickest in the field, to move clear and his rivals couldn’t get to him in time. Omnivega was the biggest eye catcher in beyond, with a final three furlong split of 34.55s which was fastest of all while Spanish Archer was the second fastest through those closing stages with 34.90s and both of those could be worth following in the future.
A for efficiency as Blue De Vega wins again
It’s not often that horses win from the front on the Straight Course at Ascot but young apprentice Ray Dawson showed if you judge the pace correctly it can be done as he guided Blue De Vega to victory. Breaking well, Dawson opted to race prominently and he set a perfectly even pace which he was then able to quicken well off, clocking sub 12s times for the final two furlongs. That ensured a finishing percentage of 102.8%, almost exactly the expected par for the course and distance to highlight the importance of judging the early pace.