Jumps racing returns at Ascot this weekend with a seven-race card featuring bumper field sizes – a total of 95 declared runners compared to 63 on the same day last year.
The Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday includes the feature Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Steeple Chase worth £100,000 over three miles.
Go Conquer will be looking to win the race for a second time, having won in 2017 but been beaten last year by the race fit and in form, Traffic Fluide. Go Conquer, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies was pulled up on his last two outings but has good Ascot form and will be looking to improve on his recent runs.
Black Corton has been declared to run for Paul Nicholls, a late decision as he also held an entry at Wetherby for this weekend. Last seen filling the runner-up spot under a big weight in the Galway Plate in late July, the admirable eight-year-old finished second to Definitly Red in last season’s Charlie Hall.
The meeting kicks off with the Class 4 Gardiner & Theobald Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Handicap Hurdle where a field of 13 go to post. They include Sizing Tara for Colin Tizzard who won recently at Newton Abbot.
The Listed Sodexo Handicap Hurdle at 2.45pm includes one of last year’s Ascot winners in Jolly’s Cracked It for Harry Fry, having beaten Chatez by six lengths back in November 2018. Also running is Adjali who won well when fresh last season and is the type to progress this season for Nicky Henderson.