Sandown Park

  • 12:20 David Johnson 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle2m 110y

  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 59.50s
  • Off time: 12:20:13
12:20 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vaniteux (FR) 7/2
2nd Vibrato Valtat (FR) 6/4
3rd Champagne At Tara 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P/F51-00 Emerald Green and Red (quartered), Emerald Green sleeves, Red armlets, White cap Area Access (IRE) 16
5 10-12 C J Mann D Crosse 66/167.00
2 2-14 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Champagne At Tara 20
Distance Winner
4 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 2/13.00
3 1-7 Pink, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap Comte D'anjou 56
4 10-12 Nick Williams Brendan Powell 25/126.00
4 92-4 WHITE, RED disc, hooped cap Money For Nothing 28
4 10-12 A King R Thornton 9/110.00
5 8-5 Red and White check, White cap Morning Reggie 28
4 10-12 O Sherwood L P Aspell 33/134.00
6 3-2 Red, Yellow sash, Brown sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Rhapando 35
4 10-12 P R Webber D Elsworth 16/117.00
7 770-8 Maroon, yellow seams and sleeves, hooped cap Sweet Boy Vic (IRE) 19
5 10-12 C Gordon Tom Cannon 100/1101.00
8 34- Grey, White epaulets Vaniteux (FR) 251
4 10-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 7/24.50
9 1223-25 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Vibrato Valtat (FR) 22
4 10-12 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 121 6/42.50

Verdict

Vibrato Valtat is the pick of those with hurdling experience in this. His comeback fifth at Cheltenham was a perfectly respectable effort, though he again gave the impression he's better suited by further and he was beaten by Comte D'Anjou in a bumper at Exeter a year ago. Vaniteux represents powerful connections but the ex-pointer could also find this trip on the sharp side. Money For Nothing can improve on his fourth at Wincanton while Rhapando brings decent bumper form to the table. But so does CHAMPAGNE AT TARA, who is bred to be a jumper and can make a winning start over timber.