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14:40 Sandown Park

Betfred Celebration Chase (grade 2) (Class 1)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 52.30s
  • 4 Ran
1
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots

Contraband

179 CDD
5/2
  • Form 13173/5-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 153

settled 4th, jumped slow 5th, left 3rd at next, ridden approaching 2 out, driven and not quicken between last 2, kept on run-in, but no danger

3
Silk - Yellow, Dark Blue star, armlets and star on cap
11/8
  • Form P52421-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 153

led at decent pace, ridden approaching 2 out, narrowly headed last, stayed challengening gamely until held final 100 yards

4
Silk - Royal Blue, White stars, Red and White striped sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue stars
9/1
  • Form 136/2UP-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 147

raced in 3rd, left 2nd at 6th, narrow lead last, driven, stayed on well and in command final 100 yards

5
Silk - BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap
3/1
  • Form 215214-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 147

tracking leader when blundered badly 6th, dropped to last, not recover

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NR

Dempsey (IRE)

45 CDD
  • Form U13/12B-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 154

In depth

Verdict

Dempsey has fitness on his side and, assuming his tumble in the Champion Chase left no mental scares, he may be too sharp for Contraband, while River City, who was also in the process of running a big race at Cheltenham, is no forlorn hope to cause an upset and is worth keeping tabs on in the betting market. In truth, none of the quintet can confidently be ruled out and moves for Hoo la Baloo and Nyrche would not be without foundation when the best of their efforts are taken into consideration. However, Dempsey has the most solid recent profile and can get himself back on track if he stays out of trouble today. As there has to be a question over Contraband's well being, River City would be good value to boost the Forecast/Exacta return.

Formwatch

Contraband 11-1 (10-13) Held up, blundered badly 4th, some headway 8th, no further impression, 5th of 11, 37l behind Monkerhostin (10-5) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs Grd 2 (A) gs in Nov.

Nyrche (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Made all and jumped well, drew clear from 3 out, unchallenged, won at Ayr 2m hcp chs (2) gd beating Roman Ark (10-0) by 16l, 7 ran.

River City (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Always behind and pulled up at the 10th in race won by Hi Cloy (11-10) at Aintree 2m 4f chs Grd 1 (1) gd, 11 ran.

Hoo La Baloo (FR) 15-2 (11-1) Held up, hit 3 out, ridden approaching next, no impression, 4th of 7, 16l behind Foreman (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov chs Grd 1 (1) gs.

Dempsey (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up, in touch when brought down at the 3rd in race won by Newmill (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m chs Grd 1 (1) gd in Mar, 12 ran.