Politologue slams rivals

Paul Nicholls brought up an Ascot hat-trick as Politologue dominated from the front in the Mitie Noel Novices' Chase.

Politologue: Put in a wonderful round of jumping at Ascot

The five-year-old made a big impression on his debut over fences at Haydock last month and was the 10/11 favourite stepped up to Grade Two level.

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Some accurate leaps put the pressure on his rivals and even racing down the back straight Royal Vacation and Captain Chaos were feeling the pinch.

Eventual runner-up Rock The Kasbah did his best to make a race of it, but Politologue was not for catching and despite idling after the final fence, he still came home with four lengths in hand.

Politologue was cut to 12/1 from 16/1 by Sky Bet for the JLT Novices' chase at Cheltenham and was left unchanged as a 16/1 chance for the RSA Chase.

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