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14:00 Sandown Park

European Breeders' Fund William Hill National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3) (Class 1)

  • 17 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Good to Soft (Back Straight Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £60,000 added
  • Winner: £34,170
  • 2nd: £12,822
  • 3rd: £6,420
  • 4th: £3,198
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 2.00s
  • Off Time: 14:02:18
  • 17 Ran
1
Silk - Red and White stripes, Red sleeves, White spots
18/1
  • Form P24-P21
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 134

mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened approaching next

2
Silk - Maroon and Yellow stripes, Maroon sleeves, Yellow armlets, Maroon cap
  • Form 362313
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 131

mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened soon after

3
Silk - Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 764121
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 131

pushed along from start, towards rear, hit 2nd unseated rider 4th

4
Silk - Red, Black and White striped sleeves, Red cap, Black diamond
9/1
  • Form 1-1322
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 130

always towards rear, never involved

5
Silk - Terracotta, Grey epaulets

As De Mee (FR)

38 h CD
8/1
  • Form 4-32171
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 130

tracked leaders on outside, 2nd going well before 2 out, upsides on bit 2 out, led between last two, idled run-in, driven out

6
Silk - Black, Red inverted triangle, sleeves and cap
15/2
  • Form 21-2112
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 130

raced wide in mid-division, struggling towards rear when slightly hampered by loose horse before 2 out

7
Silk - PINK and YELLOW diamonds, YELLOW sleeves and cap
  • Form 1-13364
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 128

chased leader until approaching 5th, chased leaders, weakened before 2 out

8
Silk - Dark Green, White chevrons, Red sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap
33/1
  • Form 32-6613
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 127

towards rear, struggling in rear 4th, modest headway run-in, never on terms

9
Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap
  • Form 4-22211
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 127

mid-division on inside, headway approaching 4th, soon chasing leaders, ridden and weakened between last two

10
Silk - White, Dark Blue chevron, Red and White chevrons on sleeves
20/1
  • Form 131313
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 126

chased leaders, 2nd before 5th until ridden and weakened before 2 out

12
Silk - Black, mauve hoops, white sleeves, mauve cap
14/1
  • Form 2-14243
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 125

rear of mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 2 out

13
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow spots, Royal Blue cap
20/1
  • Form 2-42131
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 125

chased leaders, led approaching 2 out, joined 2 out, ridden and headed between last two, ridden and one pace iin 3rd before last, no impression when stumbled badly last

14
Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
  • Form 1-4231
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 125

held up in mid-division, smooth headway approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, went 2nd and wandered badly under pressure approaching last, kept on same pace run-in

15
Silk - Royal blue, white braces and sleeves, white and royal blue striped cap
25/1
  • Form 542225
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 120

started slowly, always behind, tailed off 6th

16
Silk - Dark green, red sleeves, quartered cap
20/1
  • Form 23-2213
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 120

led until before 2 out, lost 2nd 2 out, chased leaders, no extra in 5th run-in

17
Silk - YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap
  • Form 415323
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 128

held up in mid-division, pushed along towards rear 3 out, headway on inside under pressure before 2 out, went 4th at the last, switched left and stayed on run-in

18
Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue braces, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars and stars on cap
20/1
  • Form 83226
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-9
  • Official Rating 117

started slowly, towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 3 out, stayed on well run-in, never nearer

11
NR
  • Form 10-3314
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 125

Nonrunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

This is as competitive as the numbers would suggest, a fact likely to be reflected in the betting. Nicky Henderson has won it twice in the last five years and his Aigle De La See is certain to be among the market leaders. He arrives on a hat-trick but only beat Monbeg Theatre half-a-length over course and distance in January and is a couple of pounds worse off today. Jamie Snowden's charge is another for the short-list but Fontwell winner Remiluc faces a stiff task under top weight and neither of Colin Tizzard's two runners, Buckhorn Timothy and Kingfisher Creek, have been done any favours by the handicapper. CHIDSWELL also has his fair share of weight but we suspect we haven't yet seen the best of Nicky Richards' charge. He had Acertain Circus behind at Fakenham last time, despite finding that sharp track against him, and might be a bit of value in this. Hello George can do better eased in grade while it would be no surprise to see the maiden Robbie Rabbit run well and As De Mee won here in December.

Formwatch

Remiluc (FR) 9-4 (11-2) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, headway to lead approaching 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb beating Laurium (11-2) by 10l, 9 ran.

Buckhorn Timothy 25-1 (11-5) Pressed leader, hit 7th, pushed along and every chance 2 out, driven and lost 2nd before the last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Arpege D'alene (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (2) sft in Feb.

Kingfisher Creek 1-2fav (11-10) Tracked leader, not always fluent, challenged 5th, soon led, hung left from after 2 out, still hanging left and impeded rival flat, stayed on, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Bilbrook Blaze (11-4) by 1l, 9 ran.

Chidswell (IRE) 7-4 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, effort to chase winner bend approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Clean Sheet (11-8) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Feb.

As De Mee (FR) 15-8fav (11-8) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, led 2 out, hung left flat, driven out, won at Leicester 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Jan beating Tara Mist (11-1) by 1/2l, 10 ran.

Monbeg Theatre (IRE) 7-2fav (11-11) Pressed leader, led on long run before 2 out, 2 lengths ahead when mistake last, wandered under pressure run-in, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Aigle De La See (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.

Hello George (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 6th, went modest 4th at the last, never any chance, 4th of 13, 32l behind Tea For Two (9-12) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.

Acertain Circus 10-1 (11-8) Raced wide held up, hit 4th, headway to chase winner before 2 out until bend approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Clean Sheet (11-8) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gs in Feb.

Aigle De La See (FR) 4-9fav (11-12) Tracked leader, led before 2 out, shaken up and clear before last, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb beating Ballyrath (11-2) by 10l, 5 ran.

Skylander (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Close up, challenged before 3 out, every chance before last, no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Double Shuffle (11-2) at Doncaster 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gd in Feb.

Mount Haven (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Raced keenly, tracked leading pair, challenged after 3 out, led briefly before next, one pace before last, ridden and no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Padge (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan.

Kilgeel Hill (IRE) 5-4fav (10-2) Held up in last pair in touch, headway on outside 2 out, soon challenged, led soon after last, ridden flat, stayed on towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Atlantic Gold (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.

Great Try (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd before 3 out, led going well approaching 2 out, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Bangor 2m 1f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb beating Hedley Lamarr (11-2) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.

Robbie Rabbit (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 21l behind Virtuel D'oudon (11-3) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.

Sidbury Hill 6-1 (10-7) Led until 2nd, chased leaders, 2nd after 3 out, closing when mistake and lost 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Shammick Boy (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.

L'aigle Royal (GER) 10-3 (11-2) Chased clear leader, closed 4th, led 6th, headed before 2 out, 3rd and no extra last, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Great Try (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.

Amidon (FR) 15-2 (11-4) Chased leading pair, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 10, 13l behind Aigle De La See (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.

Assam Black (IRE) 11-8 (11-8) Held up in touch, ridden to chase leaders before 2 out, one pace between last 2, no impression, 4th of 7, 5l behind Padge (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan.