Sandown Park

  • 15:05 Bet365 Gold Cup Chase 3m 5f 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 21.12s
  • Off time: 15:09:30
15:05 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Church Island (IRE) 20/1
2nd Hoo La Baloo (FR) 14/1
3rd Lacdoudal (FR) 12/1
4th Monkerhostin (FR) 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 5725-10 PINK and YELLOW diamonds, YELLOW sleeves and cap Monkerhostin (FR) 39
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
13 11-12 P J Hobbs Mr M Griffiths (7) 156 33/134.00
3 3-2757F BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap My Will (FR) 14
10 11-6 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 150 25/126.00
4 P00-69U Royal blue, white disc, royal blue sleeves, white stars, royal blue cap, white star Nozic (FR) 14
9 11-5 t P F Nicholls Harry Skelton (3) 149 40/141.00
5 7-20672 WHITE, ROYAL BLUE sash, WHITE sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap Tamarinbleu (FR) 59
Course Winner
10 11-4 D Pipe T Scudamore 148 8/19.00
6 92312U ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots The Package 14
7 11-3 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 147 7/18.00
7 06-P3UF Black, Light Blue star, Light Blue sleeves, Black stars, Light Blue cap Air Force One (GER) 38
Beaten Favourite
8 11-2 p1 C J Mann G Lee 146 14/115.00
8 025400 YELLOW, emerald green seams, green cap Church Island (IRE) 45
11 10-12 b M Hourigan A P Heskin (7) 142 20/121.00
9 126-238 Red, yellow hoop and armlets, white cap Kilcrea Castle (IRE) 56
8 10-12 Miss E C Lavelle Jack Doyle 142 12/113.00
10 330190 White, large Red spots and armlets, Red and White quartered cap Piraya (FR) 14
7 10-11 vt D Pipe J W Farrelly 141 33/134.00
11 112161 Brown, Yellow disc, striped sleeves, hooped cap Just Amazing (IRE) 10
7 10-9 t P F Nicholls Christian Williams 148 9/110.00
12 5-11341 Black and Light Blue (quartered), Black sleeves, White cap Fairoak Lad (IRE) 44
7 10-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson 138 7/18.00
13 4-P2374 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Hoo La Baloo (FR) 140
Course Winner
9 10-7 t1 P F Nicholls Ian Popham (5) 137 14/115.00
14 6-34703 LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves and cap Lacdoudal (FR) 39
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-6 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 136 12/113.00
15 145/7-0U Dark Green, Yellow diamond, Yellow cap Lothian Falcon 7
11 10-5 P Maddison D C Costello 127 20/121.00
16 79-2275 Emerald Green and Black stripes, Emerald Green sleeves, Black cap Alderburn 14
11 10-5 H D Daly A Tinkler 133 28/129.00
17 01-4U5F EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stars, striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW striped cap Irish Raptor (IRE) 14
Course Winner
11 10-5 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 135 20/121.00
18 35B875 White, Royal Blue spots, White and Royal Blue striped cap Hello Bud (IRE) 14
12 10-4 t N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies (7) 133 9/110.00
19 22112P Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Nostringsattached (IRE) 37
9 10-4 pt Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon (3) 134 16/117.00
20 14325P BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Martys Mission (IRE) 37
8 10-3 R Rowe L P Aspell 133 20/121.00
Non runners
21-2PP2PKillyglen (IRE)811-9J Howard JohnsonB S Hughes151

Verdict

The market leaders - Fairoak Lad, Just Amazing, THE PACKAGE and Kilcrea Castle - have obvious claims whilst, of those at bigger prices, My Will may just surprise a few and it's to David Pipe's runner that we turn for the winner. The Package didn't convince everyone with his attitude last season and that stance looked justified on his first run of the campaign at Ludlow where he refused to go past an inferior rival. However, opinions have had to be revised following a productive campaign that has seen him make the frame in three valuable handicaps. He still looks to be up on the upgrade but there is a worry that this race is only an afterthought following an unsuccessful tilt at the Grand National. In contrast, the novices Fairoak Lad and Just Amazing appear to have been saved for this contest and Just Amazing is able to race from his old mark having impressed the handicapper at Cheltenham but this is a very different test and he only has one handicap win to his name thus far. Fairoak Lad is preferred by Richard Johnson to former winners Lacdoudal and Monkerhostin and his mount makes more appeal than his West Country rival as he looks tailor made for this test and the form of his one run in a chase handicap is rock solid. Kilcrea Castle made a promising debut for this yard in January but was most disappointing on his only subsequent outing in the Racing Post Chase; the ground was really testing that day so he may be worth another chance but he has something to prove. Air Force One hasn't enjoyed much luck since his second in the Hennessy two seasons ago but his mark has dropped as a result and Charlie Mann retains the faith whilst My Will has made the frame in each of his four runs at the track and isn't badly treated these days. It may be expecting too much to expect him to get the better of the young bucks though and The Package is preferred.