Sandown Park

  • 15:55 Leatherhead Maiden Stakes1m 14y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 43.14s
  • Off time: 15:57:55
15:55 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Directorship 14/1
2nd Poyle Meg 17/2
3rd Ithinkbest 15/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (10) 60-D Red, Yellow seams, hooped sleeves, striped cap Altimatum (USA) 18
Distance Winner
3 9-2 P F I Cole R Hughes 76 7/24.50
2 (8) 7 Black, Gold Cross and stripe on cap Bengal Tiger 68
3 9-2 A M Balding N Chalmers 8/19.00
3 (12) 47 Mcalpine tartan, gold cap Count Lucien 40
3 9-2 J H M Gosden J Fortune 11/26.50
4 (6) 74-0 Dark Blue, Yellow sleeves, Dark Blue stars and cap Directorship 68
3 9-2 P R Chamings R Kingscote 14/115.00
5 (3) 9- Dark green, pink braces, quartered cap El Libertador (USA) 327
3 9-2 E A Wheeler S Carson 50/151.00
6 (11) 7-523 Royal Blue, Yellow chevron, Yellow cap, Royal Blue spots Ithinkbest 34
3 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 80 15/82.88
7 (9) 0-5 Royal Blue, White stars, Black sleeves and cap Major Value 31
3 9-2 C G Cox I Mongan 50/151.00
8 (1) DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Ultimate Respect (USA)
3 9-2 M Johnston Greg Fairley 11/26.50
9 (4) 95 Purple, Yellow chevron, Red sleeves, Purple cap, Yellow diamonds Lady Lam 20
3 8-11 George Baker M Davies (5) 100/1101.00
10 (7) Emerald Green, Red triple diamond, striped sleeves and star on cap Lilly Royal (IRE)
3 8-11 B Palling S J Drowne 50/151.00
11 (5) 4732-43 Royal Blue, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue and Yellow quartered cap Poyle Meg 29
Beaten Favourite
3 8-11 p R M Beckett Jim Crowley 75 17/29.50
12 (2) 7 Emerald Green, Red sash, Yellow sleeves and cap Through The Forest (USA) 17
3 8-11 W R Swinburn A Kirby 25/126.00

Verdict

ITHINKBEST sets the standard in this maiden and he is recommended ahead of Altimatum and Ultimate Respect. The BHA Assessor currently has Sir Michael Stoute's gelding rated at 80. There is little doubt that his run at Redcar was disappointing but we will chance that he probably did not act on the fast ground and that today's surface will better suit. Altimatum won at Brighton but subsequently lost on appeal. He stays a mile though this looks a tougher engagement that that on the South coast. Ultimate Respect is noted in the market. Mark Johnston's debutants traditionally need the run but with the Middleham handler sending out winners by the hatful at present, it would be folly to ignore any market confidence. Count Lucien is no stranger to Sandown having raced here twice previously. With plenty of give likely underfoot, the decision to drop back to a mile could be a wise one on balance. Major Value could be a big price and may have ability if consenting to settle. El Libertador was quickly cast out of the David Wachman stable after just one outing as a juvenile. Directorship ran dismally on seasonal reappearance and it is hard to believe that he is as modest as that run suggests. The impeccably bred Through The Forest looks one for the notebook this afternoon. Not a race for heavy punting play and Ithinkbest is put forward to minimum stakes.