Sandown Park

  • 20:35 XL Group Handicap1m 6f

  • Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 14.14s
  • Off time: 20:38:00
20:35 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Queen's Star 12/1
2nd Bathwick Street 4/1
3rd Byron Blue (IRE) 5/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 041 White, Dark Blue armlets and cap Cellist 16
3 9-7 W J Haggas R L Moore 75 5/16.00
2 (2) 59-5661 Purple and Emerald Green diabolo, Royal Blue and Yellow halved sleeves, Orange cap Byron Blue (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
3 9-4 J A Osborne J P Spencer 72 5/23.50
3 (8) 5-74121 Royal Blue, White stars, hooped sleeves, Royal Blue and Red quartered cap Dovils Date 26
3 9-4 B R Millman J Millman 72 9/25.50
4 (6) 323190 Black, Beige epaulets, striped sleeves and star on cap Somemothersdohavem 19
Distance Winner
3 9-3 p J Ryan D J O'Donohoe 71 16/117.00
5 (7) 75-6611 Black, Yellow epaulets, striped sleeves and star on cap April Ciel 20
3 9-1 R Harris L Morris 69 6/17.00
6 (3) 4-72213 RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Bathwick Street 19
Distance Winner
3 8-13 P D Evans S Donohoe 67 4/15.00
7 (1) 6-46 ORANGE, MAROON hoop and armlets, BLACK and ORANGE quartered cap Queen's Star 33
3 8-2 A M Balding David Probert 55 12/113.00
8 (5) 500-37 Dark Blue and White stripes, Black sleeves, Red cap Stickleback 42
3 8-2 H J L Dunlop Martin Lane 47 25/126.00


Most of these arrive in good form, especially April Ciel, who has been ideally suited to front-running when completing a double at Bath and Warwick. Whether she can keep up the gallop over this longer trip and stiffer track is another matter and three of her rivals have already won over the distance. BATHWICK STREET is one of them and gets the vote as he won easily on ground with give at Nottingham before a fine run on quicker ground over slightly shorter in a tough Newmarket handicap won by Mubazara. Somemothersdohavem finished tailed off in that race so may be best watched for now though he did beat subsequent winner Byron Blue at Yarmouth earlier. The latter may have been unlucky that day and put matters right with a very impressive victory at Haydock so he's one to keep an eye on. It's hard to know what to make of Cellist, who won a very poor maiden at Wolverhampton by no less than 19l. He started odds-on for that so is obviously well regarded but faces a much tougher task here. Dovils Date battled on to land a minor handicap at Newmarket and had earlier beaten the selection at Salisbury though the ground was very fast that day.