Sandown Park

  • 14:05 European Breeders' Fund 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final 2m 4f

  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Heavy (Back Straight,Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 14.20s
  • Off time: 14:05:08
14:05 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Close Touch 8/1
2nd Many Clouds (IRE) 13/2
3rd Edmund Kean (IRE) 9/2
4th Whisper (FR) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 90-2121 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Many Clouds (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
6 11-12 O Sherwood L P Aspell 136 13/27.50
2 22-143 Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Leader (IRE) 52
Distance Winner
5 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 134 25/126.00
3 1-141 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Whisper (FR) 20
Distance Winner
5 11-8 N J Henderson A Tinkler 132 9/25.50
4 2F1332 Royal Blue, Orange spots Kings Lad (IRE) 42
6 11-8 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 132 16/117.00
5 1-1P222 Red and Yellow (quartered), Red sleeves, Yellow armlets, Red cap Up To Something (FR) 32
Beaten Favourite
5 11-8 p1 C E Longsdon N D Fehily 132 16/117.00
6 1-411 DARK BLUE and WHITE diabolo, hooped sleeves, RED cap Edmund Kean (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
6 11-6 D Pipe T Scudamore 130 9/25.50
7 1/2-211 Royal Blue, Pink hoop Barrakilla (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
6 11-6 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 130 9/110.00
8 1112 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Close Touch 30
Beaten Favourite
5 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 130 8/19.00
9 21171 White, emerald green disc, black sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap Golden Hoof (IRE) 29
Course Winner
5 11-6 N J Henderson D Bass 130 25/126.00
10 513-114 Black and White stripes, checked sleeves, White cap Special Catch (IRE) 36
Beaten Favourite
6 11-4 K G Reveley J Reveley 128 25/126.00
12 3451 Yellow, Royal Blue braces, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars and stars on cap Le Reve (IRE) 32
5 11-3 Mrs L Wadham Aidan Coleman 127 10/111.00
13 13-3212 Brown, Orange braces, Orange cap King Of The Wolds (IRE) 36
6 11-3 J M Jefferson B Hughes 127 20/121.00
14 636110 EMERALD GREEN and GREY diamonds, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, EMERALD GREEN cap, GREY diamond De Blacksmith (IRE) 14
Distance Winner
5 11-3 G L Moore J E Moore 127 33/134.00
15 5-13417 Maroon, yellow braces, maroon sleeves, yellow stars, maroon cap, yellow star Thomas Crapper 41
6 11-1 R Dickin C Poste 125 33/134.00
17 84-U312 Emerald green, white star, armlets and star on cap The Italian Yob (IRE) 63
5 11-0 Nick Williams D A Jacob 124 12/113.00
18 444-122 Emerald Green, Black and Emerald Green striped sleeves, Black cap Seedsman 22
6 11-0 t1 C R Egerton Wayne Hutchinson 124 20/121.00
Non runners
1122131God's Own (IRE)511-4T R GeorgeNon Runner128
1674-2123Drum Valley511-1O SherwoodThomas Garner125


Whisper has won twice over this trip at Ffos Las but was outclassed in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in between and may not be ready for this company just yet. Barry Geraghty prefers The Queen's Close Touch, unbeaten until tackling this trip for the first time at Doncaster, while Nicky Henderson also saddles three-times winner Golden Hoof. Kings Lad beat Imperial Cup favourite Mr Mole in November but hasn't managed a win since while Edmund Kean and Barrakilla need to improve again if they are to complete the hat-trick. MANY CLOUDS is giving weight to all of his rivals but looks a smart prospect and may be up to the task. His two defeats this season have been at the hands of smart novices and his latest victory at Exeter is working out well. God's Own appreciated the step up to 2m4f at Musselburgh last time and may prove the pick of the remainder.