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Sandown Park

  • 19:05 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Henry II Stakes 2m 78y

  • (Group 2) £80,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £45,416 2nd £17,216 3rd £8,616 4th £4,296
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 41.33s
  • Off time: 19:06:29

Full result

19:05 Sandown Park Result 26th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Blue Bajan (IRE) 9-2 D Tudhope D O'Meara 9 4/1
Held up, headway to track leaders 5f out, every chance and going well over 1f out, soon led, ridden and ran on opened 4/1 touched 9/2 £5400-£1200 £1350-£300 £4000-£1000
2nd (2) Montaff 9-2 S Hitchcott M R Channon 5 33/1
Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish opened 25/1 touched 33/1
3rd (8) ½ Holberg (UAE) 9-2 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 6/4f
Close up, led well over 1f out, headed 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd near finish opened 11/8 touched 6/4 £6000-£4000 £1500-£1000(x2) £600-£400(x2) £450-£300
4th (1) Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 9-2 Louis Beuzelin B J Meehan 7 14/1
Led, headed 10f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace opened 14/1 touched 14/1
5th (3) Caucus 9-0 W Buick J H M Gosden 4 10/1
Close up, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out opened 10/1 touched 11/1 £10000-£800 £5000-£400
6th (4) ¾ Buxted (IRE) 9-2 R L Moore R Mills 5 15/2
Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1000
7th (6) 32 Nehaam 9-2 T P O'Shea J H M Gosden 5 16/1
Always in rear opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£400 £10000-£450
8th (5) ½ Akmal 9-2 R Hills J L Dunlop 5 6/1
Tracked leaders, led 10f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, soon weakened opened 6/1 touched 13/2 £6500-£1000

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.00,£6.80,£1.20
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£18.60 2&3:£17.50 1&3:£1.80

Jackpot: £6,845.30, Pool: £14462.01, 1.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £21.80, Pool: £105375.63, 3513.11 winning tickets
Quadpot: £3.30, Pool: £6206.81, 1357.36 winning tickets

Verdict

A real feather in trainer David O'Meara's cap as BLUE BAJAN continued his progression to peak form with an impressive win. The nine-year-old ran well on fast ground in both the Chester Cup and Yorkshire Cup and could be called the winner a long way out here. He mastered Holberg approaching the furlong marker and ran on strongly. He'll continue to be a force in a weak division. Montaff ran a cracker in second, although the fact he finished third in a Listed contest at York on Saturday suggests this isn't form to get too carried away with. Holberg went to the front turning in but was soon under pressure and slightly below form on his reappearance. Caucus could never quite land a on his having fleetingly looked a threat down the centre of the track but is likely to come on for the run. Aim For Prosper ran well, giving the impression he needs an even sterner test of stamina. John Dunlop expressed concern over the ground for Akmal beforehand and he dropped right away in the final two furlongs to finish tailed off alongside Hamdan Al Maktoum's other representative Nehaam. He looked to have done plenty of work as he returned from 586 days off but was never a factor.