14:05 Sandown Park

E.b.f. Paddy Power 'national Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final (grade 3) (Class 1)

  • 18 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £70,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 52.91s
  • Off Time: 14:06:38
  • 18 Ran
Silk -
Silk -
Silk - Purple and Pink diamonds, Pink sleeves, Purple armlets, Purple cap
  • Form 18711
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 134

towards rear, not much room on inside and stumbled on bend after 1st, reminders 4th, driven next, struggling before 3 out

Silk - Red, Yellow sash, Brown sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star
  • Form 8-84141
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 134

in touch, ridden and weakened after 3 out

Silk - Light Blue, White chevrons, White sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Light Blue and White striped cap
  • Form 50-1621
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 131

chased leaders, ridden and hit 3 out, weakened next

Silk - white and black halved, red sleeves and cap
  • Form 1-371P9
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 130

mistake 3rd, ridden 6th, always behind, driven and struggling before 3 out

Silk - Royal Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap

Busker Royal

51 BFD
  • Form 84-1F23
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 129

towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, ridden and weakened before last

Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow chevrons, Yellow sleeves, Royal Blue spots, Yellow cap
  • Form 131-171
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 128

held up in rear, headway 6th, chased leaders before 2 out, every chance last, stayed on same pace flat

Silk - Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves
  • Form 4-411
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 128

mid-division, mistake 4th, some headway after 3 out, soon weakened

Silk - Light Blue, Royal Blue hoop, armlets and cap
  • Form 10-F42
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 128

held up in rear, headway on inside approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, went right and hit last, soon led, driven and stayed on well

Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
  • Form U1-1133
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 127

mid-division, effort before 2 out and every chance, stayed on same pace flat

Silk - Emerald Green and Yellow quartered, White sleeves, Emerald Green cap


49 D
  • Form 31-3216
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 127

chased leaders 4th, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened

Silk - Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap
  • Form 10/163
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 126

chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, soon beaten

Silk - Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap
  • Form 622224
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 123

soon chasing leader, ridden 3 out, weakened before next

Silk - Red and White stripes, Red cap, White star
  • Form 34-1P41
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 121

hit 1st, led soon after, hit 5th, strongly pressed and blundered 2 out, hit last and soon headed, stayed on same pace

Silk - RED, DARK BLUE seams, WHITE sleeves, DARK BLUE seams, DARK BLUE cap, WHITE star
  • Form 341
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 121

mid-division, weakened before 2 out

Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap
  • Form 100-215
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 120

took keen hold, soon in touch, went 2nd 3 out, every chance 2 out, weakened before last

Silk - Orange, white triple diamond
  • Form 52-3314
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 119

mid-division, ridden 3 out and soon weakened

Silk - Black, Red spots, armlets and cap
  • Form 254322
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 119

always behind, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next

Silk - EMERALD GREEN, ORANGE HOOPS, Emerald Green cap, white star
  • Form 73517
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 115

always behind

Previous results

In depth


Big Eared Fran is improving with each start over hurdles and David Pipe's gelding has every opportunity of opening his account over hurdles off what seems a fair mark but better form has been shown by BAKBENSCHER and he gets the vote with Time For Rupert rated the best of the rest in a competitive opener. The selection was useful in bumpers and has shown progressive form over hurdles, noticeably improving for the step up in trip when successful at Newbury last time, form on which he looks well treated for his handicap debut today. With Clay Hollister being owned by J P McManus, Tony McCoy takes the ride for Nicky Henderson's gelding, and it is difficult to weigh up which is the better of the yard's three runners in the race with Burton Port (Barry Geraghty) and Busker Royal (Felix de Giles) both having chances. Venetia Williams has her string in fine fettle at present so her runner Quartz de Thaix has to be considered, while Paul Webber's pair Time For Rupert and Edgbriar are closely matched at the top of the handicap. Keki Buku looks a shade high in the weights judged by his recent effort at Cheltenham and preference is for the progressive Bakbenscher.


Time For Rupert (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up, in touch from 2nd, led before 7th, stayed on well flat, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hdl (2) gs in Feb beating Cracboumwiz (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.

Edgbriar (FR) 15-8fav (11-13) Tracked leaders, led on bit approaching 3 out, soon in command, idled and shaken up towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan beating Minella Theatre (11-3) by 3/4l, 21 ran.

Tullamore Dew (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, hit 2nd, joined leaders 5th, led last, idled flat, driven out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Balnahinch (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.

Martys Mission (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) With leader, led 2nd, headed before 7th, ridden and weakened after 7th, 9th of 10, 36l behind Time For Rupert (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hdl (2) gs in Feb.

Busker Royal Evensfav (11-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden and challenged approaching 2 out, no chance with winner, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Chariot Charger (11-9) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.

Bakbenscher 11-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, challenged 2 out, led soon after, jumped slowly last, stayed on well flat, won at Newbury 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Captain Americo (10-12) by 3l, 16 ran.

Quartz de Thaix (FR) 1-2fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, left in lead after 5 out, clear approaching 2 out, won at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Reindeer Dippin (10-10) by 17l, 6 ran.

Big Eared Fran (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up last, headway approaching 3 out, soon ridden, challenged approaching 2 out, not quicken, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Aachen (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.

Burton Port (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Held up in rear, pushed along after 3 out, edged right approaching next, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, never near front pair, 3rd of 9, 13l behind According To Dick (11-2) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.

Finney 9-2 (11-11) Held up, chased leaders 5 out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 16, well behind Tarablaze (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.

Clay Hollister 9-4fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, headway approaching 5th, chased leading pair approaching 2 out, one pace last, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Quiver Hill (11-2) at Warwick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.

Any Currency (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Held up, keen, headway 7th, ridden and close up 3 out, faded flat, 4th of 13, 10l behind Kayf Aramis (10-11) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.

What A Buzz 4-1 (11-5) Made all, ridden 2 out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Presque Perdre (10-12) by 5l, 14 ran.

Summery Justice (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden and headway to chase leaders 6th, ran on well after last, led close home, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Song Sung Blue (11-2) by a hd, 10 ran.

Keki Buku (FR) 7-1 (11-8) In touch until outpaced 3 out, stayed on again approaching last, 5th of 19, 7l behind Sunnyhillboy (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.

Circus of Dreams 7-2 (11-10) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd and held when hit last, 4th of 10, 9l behind Tullamore Dew (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.

Song Sung Blue (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, challenged last, soon led, hard ridden and drifted left, headed close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Summery Justice (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.

Quazy de Joie (FR) 14-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, pushed along 5th, weakening when hit next, last of 7, well behind Carrickboy (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.