CYRNAME produced a tremendous front-running display for a wide-margin victory in the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase.
A field of six runners went to post for the two-mile, five-furlong feature – with Cyrname one of two runners for Paul Nicholls, along with Politologue.
Harry Cobden – bidding for a big-race double, having earlier steered Clan Des Obeaux to an impressive victory in the Denman Chase – sent 3/1 shot Cyrname straight to the lead, and it was clear some way from home that he had his rivals on the stretch.
Having unseated Brian Hughes after almost being brought down on his reappearance in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, Ruth Jefferson’s stable star Waiting Patiently was the 11/8 favourite to claim this prize for the second year in succession.
However, he was being niggled along racing down the back straight – and while he responded to pressure to move into second at the top of the home straight, Cyrname was away and gone – powering clear to win by a jaw-dropping 17 lengths.
A tired Waiting Patiently clung on for second ahead of Fox Norton in third, and Politologue fourth.