Showing a maturity beyond his years and experience Ben Jones rode the first of what may prove to be many big race winners with a master class ride on the 12-1 De Rasher Counter (by Yeats) to make most of the running over three and a quarter miles and fend off a series of challengers in the home straight to win by one and a half lengths. The horse is a son of four time Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats and staying proved his forte to bring to fruition a plan by the trainer who had targeted the race back in March,
Jones who always had De Rasher Counter in the front rank commented, "The most important thing was getting a good start and finding a nice rhythm. He switched off and kept galloping. The horse jumped well and travelled well. Everything seemed a bit too easy. Jumping two out I knew it would take a good horse to come by me, and coming to the line I half thought we had to go round again."
Bargain buy The Conditional ran a game race in second whilst top weight Elegant Escape, on ground that may not have been soft enough for him enhanced his reputation when running on well under top weight to claim third spot with Beware The Bear in fourth.
Trainer Emma Lavelle who 24 hours previously had seen stable star and Champion Stayer Paisley Park make an impressive seasonal debut to win the Long Distance Hurdle at the same track joked that if Carlsberg did jumps weekends then she should be the poster girl for a new campaign...
Two of the Galopp Tips selected four against the 24 runner field finished first and third with Dingo Dollar another of our tips not beaten far in fifth.