Master class tells at Ascot

News of the early action from Ascot where Master Dee gained a third win over fences with a bold display of front running.

Master Dee posted a bold display of front-running

Master Dee gained a third win over fences after putting in a bold display of front running to land the Ascot Underwriting Chase at Ascot.

The Fergal O'Brien-trained seven-year-old continued his progression over fences after appearing to benefit from pace-pushing tactics in the two-mile-three-furlong contest.

Although San Benedeto mounted a strong challenge after the last, he could not quite reel back the 7/2 shot with three-quarters of a length splitting the pair at the line.

The 9/4 favourite Crimson Ark, partnered by Daryl Jacob who was deputising for the injured Aidan Coleman, was pulled up before the fourth-last after making a serious error at the previous fence.

O'Brien said: "This is what he likes, this good to firm ground. Conor (Shoemark) said he loved it and really bounced off it.

"Today was the best I've seen him jump. He had that lead and was able to attack his fences and Conor was up to it.

"He has progressed through the handicap and not been hit with a 10lb or 15lb hike at once. He has gone up gradually, which has made it easier. The better ground is important to him

"It was a fantastic ride by Conor."

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