Sandown Park

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

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in plcs home straight Good,G/S plcs b/straight)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 58.02s
  • Off time: 14:05:18
14:05 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ambion Wood (IRE) 14/1
2nd Carrigmorna King (IRE) 6/1
3rd Aikideau (FR) 16/1
4th Speed Master (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-32125 Maroon and Grey diabolo, Maroon cap Ambion Wood (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-12 V R A Dartnall D F O'Regan 132 14/115.00
2 23-2231 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Grove Pride 49
Distance Winner
7 11-12 H D Daly A Tinkler 132 20/121.00
3 11-2F23 Pink, White Chevron, White cap Dualla Lord (IRE) 18
7 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 130 5/16.00
4 60-2711 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Aikideau (FR) 40
5 11-8 R Rowe L P Aspell 128 16/117.00
5 3-26163 Yellow, Black epaulets, Black and Yellow check sleeves, Red cap Moorland Sunset 21
5 11-7 Mrs Caroline Keevil Harry Skelton 127 100/1101.00
6 20P-133 Red, Black seams, Black sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap, Black star Thanks For Coming 15
Course Winner
6 11-6 N J Henderson D Bass 126 33/134.00
7 4/44421 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, White cap, Dark Blue diamonds Off The Ground (IRE) 22
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-6 Miss E C Lavelle N D Fehily 126 8/19.00
8 12-111 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Speed Master (IRE) 75
Distance Winner
6 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 126 8/19.00
9 45-2122 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap Kings Lodge 68
Beaten Favourite
6 11-5 N J Henderson J McGrath (5) 125 16/117.00
10 121109 Dark green, beige diamond, diamonds on sleeves, purple cap Elsafeer (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
7 11-5 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (5) 125 50/151.00
11 68-8133 White, red star, sleeves and cap Gleann Eagas (IRE) 49
5 11-5 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 125 40/141.00
12 1-66611 Light Green and Dark Green diamonds Merry King (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
5 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 124 12/113.00
13 1-1433 Red, Emerald Green star, hooped sleeves, Red cap, Emerald Green star Same Difference (IRE) 42
Distance Winner
6 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 124 10/111.00
14 42-3342 Maroon, yellow braces, maroon sleeves, yellow stars, maroon cap, yellow star Thomas Crapper 15
5 11-2 R Dickin C Poste 122 22/123.00
15 220-362 DARK BLUE, PINK sash, PINK sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap, PINK spots Kuilsriver (IRE) 22
5 11-2 t N J Gifford Wayne Hutchinson 122 10/111.00
16 87-F153 Gold, Black hoops, Scarlet cap Jumps Road 20
5 11-2 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 122 33/134.00
17 1-3321 Emerald Green, Purple cross belts, Purple cap Carrigmorna King (IRE) 52
6 11-2 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 122 6/17.00
18 7-47544 DARK BLUE and WHITE diabolo, hooped sleeves, RED cap Presenting Ace (IRE) 17
6 11-0 t D Pipe T Scudamore 120 7/18.00

Verdict

An ultra-competitive start to proceedings, though most of these will probably be seen to better effect when going chasing next season. Nicky Henderson won it last year with Skint and is represented this time around by Speed Master, who is seeking a four-timer, and Kings Lodge, who won at Market Rasen in the autumn but has since finished behind stablemate Thanks For Coming here and another of today's rivals, Aikideau, at Plumpton. Last month's C&D winner Off The Ground appears the pick of Emma Lavelle's pair and Jonjo O'Neill's Merry King is chasing a hat-trick after wins at Leicester and Ffos Las while Carrigmorna King stayed on well to score at Newbury in January and the second has won since. KUILSRIVER is still a maiden but boasts some very decent form, including a sixth in the Lanzarote at Kempton two runs ago. He's potentially well treated on that effort and could go close at a working man's price.