is next best at the weights and he could go well at a decent price.
He had to sidestep a faller who also did him no favours on the run-in as he renewed his effort and he was only a neck down on Cosmocrat
at the line.
After Channel 4's cameras have packed up, COSMOCRAT
is worth looking out for in the 4.35.
Tim's The Man made a winning start to his hurdling career, easily beating Cosmocrat
by five lengths on his reappearance at Leicester last month.
With King's Mill hampered by the fall of Fiddlers Elbow at the fifth, David Crosse kicked on the Charlie Mann-trained 16-1 shot to lead Cosmocrat
home by five lengths.
His likeliest closest rival in the betting, Cosmocrat
, won a ladies' race at Chepstow last time out on soft going, and the form may not prove to be that reliable.
Lee has done well with past Ascot purchases, including Cosmocrat
- picked up for pounds 10,000 last summer - and he was full of praise for the Berkshire venue.
RICHARD JOHNSON drew first blood as the 2005/06 season got underway, 18 hours after the curtain came down on the old, with a 17-1 double on Saafend Rocket and Cosmocrat
His task was made considerably easier, however, when Cosmocrat
fell and brought down Welcome To Unos at the last, both of whom were in with a live chance.
Doyle initiated a double when producing Cosmocrat
late to foil Game On in the novices' chase.
Earlier, a dispersal by Robert Stronge's owner Peter Douglas Engineering attracted plenty of interest with Richard Lee - another paying a first visit to the venue for several years - paying pounds 10,000 to see off David Chapman for Cosmocrat
, a handicap hurdle winner in November.