Sandown Park

  • 16:40 Bet On England V Usa At Maiden Stakes1m 2f 7y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (G/F plcs back straight round course;Sprint;Good,G/F plcs)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 11.29s
  • Off time: 16:45:21
16:40 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Channel Squadron (IRE) 8/1
2nd Direct Answer (USA) 4/5
3rd Flotation (USA) 12/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 (3) White, light green hoop and armlets, hooped cap Channel Squadron (IRE)
3 9-3 Sir H R A Cecil I Mongan 8/19.00
2 (10) 24 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Direct Answer (USA) 9
Beaten Favourite
3 9-3 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 4/51.80
3 (11) Grey, Royal Blue seams, sleeves and cap Hawkeshead
3 9-3 W J Haggas J Fortune 20/121.00
4 (8) 8 Maroon, Beige cap Lamps 47
3 9-3 B J Meehan M Dwyer 11/26.50
5 (2) 7 Royal blue Rio Tinto 15
3 9-3 M Al Zarooni T E Durcan 10/111.00
6 (1) 60 Purple, White seams, White sleeves, Purple diamonds, Purple cap Technophobe (IRE) 19
3 9-3 W J Knight S W Kelly 66/167.00
7 (7) 0 RED, WHITE cross belts, EMERALD GREEN cap Trecase 13
3 9-3 A W Carroll Andrea Atzeni 100/1101.00
8 (9) 96 Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves Balatoma (IRE) 30
3 8-12 M P Tregoning R Hughes 12/113.00
9 (6) 7- Green, Pink Sash, White Sleeves Flotation (USA) 224
3 8-12 B W Hills W Buick 12/113.00
10 (5) 0-6 Black, light blue cross of Lorraine Profligate (IRE) 14
3 8-12 W Jarvis S J Drowne 28/129.00
11 (4) 0 Black, light blue cross of Lorraine, light blue cap Telescopic 15
3 8-12 W Jarvis S Donohoe 100/1101.00


DIRECT ANSWER had no response when questions were asked nine days ago but should be sharper now and is preferred to Flotation and Balatoma. The Dynaformer colt has been asked to make his effort from off the pace so far and found things happening too quickly for him over course and distance last time before getting into stride and powering up the hill. He already looks in need of a longer trip on that evidence but he should be improving and may be able to get away with it in this company. Henry Cecil has a line on the form so will know where he stands with the beautifully bred Channel Squadron who is a full brother to Septimus whilst the other newcomer, Hawkeshead, is also related to some smart performers and close attention should be paid to both in the market. All of the runners are unexposed but Balatoma ran well enough in a Salisbury maiden that is working out to make the short-list along with Flotation who took the eye when finishing in midfield as a juvenile in a race that has worked out extremely well but we return to Direct Answer.