Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap 1m 2f 7y
- (3yo+, 1m 2f 7y, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £4,690 2nd £1,396 3rd £697 4th £349
- Going: Good to Firm (Good in places, Sprint Course: Good, Good to Firm in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 9.03s
- Off time: 19:56:05
Croquembouche (IRE) 11
|5||140 10-0||E De Giles||Oisin Murphy||80||15/8|
Tinshu (IRE) 26
|8||136 9-10 p||D Haydn Jones||A Kirby||76||13/2|
Fastnet Red 35
|3||128 9-2||J H M Gosden||W Buick||77||5/4f|
Special Miss (ex6) 8
|3||120 8-8||A Stronge||Cam Hardie (5)||63||6/1|
||7||911||D Haydn Jones||L P Keniry||77||NR|
||4||95||Ed Walker||G Baker||71||NR|
||3||92||S Durack||F Sweeney||77||NR|
||3||9-2||J Tate||R L Moore||10/11|
Special Miss came good over a shorter trip here last month. She carries a 6lb penalty but Cam Hardie's claim negates most of that. First Port is a Sandown specialist but is much better when the mud is flying and has never won over this trip. Croquembouche is showing signs of recapturing last year's decent form and is a threat but FASTNET RED was a fair third on his handicap debut at Newbury and should have more to offer. He gets 3lb from Newmarket second Indian Trifone and that may be enough for him to come out on top.
First Post (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 11, 22l behind Chain Of Events (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Indian Trifone (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Excellent Puck (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
All Talk N No Do (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Close up, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Muteela (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Croquembouche (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden 2f out, kept on, headed inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Dance King (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Tinshu (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Sweating, raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside until lost place halfway, effort on inside over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 4l behind Charles Camoin (9-11) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Fastnet Red 9-2 (8-12) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Second Step (9-7) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Special Miss 11-4 (8-9) Tracked leader, led 2f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on and always holding on, won at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Dianora (9-4) by 3/4l, 5 ran.