William Hill Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731 5th £1,876 6th £938
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 2.27s
  • Off time: 15:15:26
Full result
Result 15:15 Sandown Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 9 Baltimore Rock 7/1
2nd 13 Gassin Golf 1 14/1
3rd 4 Vibrato Valtat 3/1f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 11/130-5
Light Blue, White spots, striped sleeves and spots on cap Swing Bowler 28
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 11/130-5
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 D Pipe C O'Farrell 139 9/1
2 F51P-P8
Black, red braces, red cap First Avenue 23
  • T:Mrs L J Mongan
  • J:Paddy Bradley
  • Form: F51P-P8
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 Mrs L J Mongan Paddy Bradley (7) 137 40/1
3 643272
BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Little Jon 28
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 643272
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
6 160 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 133 33/1
4 3-25221
Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Vibrato Valtat (FR) 27
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 3-25221
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-3t
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
5 157 11-3 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 130 3/1f
5 1/12-212
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Regal Encore (IRE) 87
  • T:A J Honeyball
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 1/12-212
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
6 157 11-3 A J Honeyball A P McCoy 130 9/2
6 221811
Black, black and maroon striped cap New Year's Eve 20
  • T:J P Ferguson
  • J:Jack Quinlan
  • Form: 221811
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3h
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
6 157 11-3 h J P Ferguson Jack Quinlan (3) 130 11/1
7 3-74244
Light Blue, Black hoop and sleeves, check cap Chesil Beach Boy 2
  • T:M J Coombe
  • J:Louis Muspratt
  • Form: 3-74244
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
11 157 11-3 M J Coombe Louis Muspratt (7) 130 66/1
8 486-127
RED, ORANGE and RED hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Knight Of Pleasure 49
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:Joshua Moore
  • Form: 486-127
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
5 156 11-2 G L Moore Joshua Moore 129 20/1
9 24-3121
Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Baltimore Rock (IRE) 17
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 24-3121
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 125 7/1
10 11114/2
LIGHT GREEN, WHITE sleeves, RED cap, WHITE spots Fourth Estate (IRE) 103
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A Tinkler
  • Form: 11114/2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
8 151 10-11 N J Henderson A Tinkler 124 8/1
11 4-P7622
Dark green, yellow hoop and armlets, orange cap Somemothersdohavem 9
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: 4-P7622
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
5 150 10-10 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 123 12/1
12 1331
Dark Blue and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves, Dark Blue armlets, Dark Blue and Yellow quartered cap Harristown 30
  • T:C E Longsdon
  • J:Kielan Woods
  • Form: 1331
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-9p
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
4 149 10-9 p C E Longsdon Kielan Woods (3) 130 20/1
13 P2-3435
YELLOW, PURPLE star, PURPLE sleeves, YELLOW armlets, PURPLE cap Gassin Golf 98
  • T:R Lee
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: P2-3435
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 121
  • Naps:
5 148 10-8 R Lee J E Moore 121 14/1
14 362263
White, Black chevron, Black and White striped sleeves, White cap, Black diamonds Skint 91
  • T:Miss A Brewer
  • J:D F O'Regan
  • Form: 362263
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-5b1
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
8 145 10-5 b1 Miss A Brewer D F O'Regan 118 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   First Avenue
  • T:Mrs L J Mongan
  • J:Nathan Adams
8 11-1 Mrs L J Mongan Nathan Adams 20/1
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In depth

Verdict

There are races to be won with Little Jon but he looks all over a chaser in the making. Regal Encore will be fancied with McCoy doing the steering but there are definitely alarm bells ringing after he was beaten at short odds at Hexham. New Year's Eve has been picking off lesser contests and doesn't look the heartiest of battlers but there is probably more to come from Baltimore Rock while Gassin Golf is the type to sneak into the places off a reasonable mark as he stays further than this and will get a strong pace. The four-year-old Harristown will find this a tall order however. VIBRATO VALTAT ran Vaniteux to a length-and-a-half over course and distance in December and the winner is a leading fancy for next week's Supreme Novices'. Paul Nicholls' five-year-old easily beat Tiqris at Exeter last month and that one would almost certainly have won at Newbury last week had he not been brought down. A mark of 130 seems more than fair and Daryl Jacob's mount should take all the beating.

Formwatch

Baltimore Rock (IRE) 6-4fav (11-3) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 1st, jumped slowly 5th, soon closed going well, challenged 3 out, led last, ridden clear final 100 yards, comfortably, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb beating Canadian Diamond (11-5) by 4l, 7 ran.

Gassin Golf 8-1 (10-4) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway 3 out, went 2nd going well before 2 out, ridden and lost 2nd going to the last, weakened flat, 5th of 17, 11l behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.

Vibrato Valtat (FR) 7-5fav (11-3) Held up, went 3rd from 6th, challenged on bit last, led flat, shaken up briefly, soon clear, very easily, won at Exeter 2m 1f Listed nov hdl (1) hvy in Feb beating Tiqris (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.

Regal Encore (IRE) 1-4fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner approaching last, kept on and not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Seeyouatmidnight (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.

Chesil Beach Boy 9-2 (11-12) Held up in last pair, closer order 3rd, promising headway on outside approaching 3 out, raced awkwardly and outpaced after 3 out, never able to get on terms after, jumped right last, went modest 4th run in, 4th of 6, 16l behind Red Seventy (10-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.

Little Jon 16-1 (10-9) Led, joined 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on but never going pace of easy winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Calipto (11-2) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.

Swing Bowler 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, mistake 4 out, ridden and staying on same pace and no impression when left 5th and slightly hampered last, 5th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb.

Somemothersdohavem 11-4 (10-8) Raced on inside, tracked leaders, led 3 out, narrowly headed approaching 2 out, led again soon after, ridden and pressed last, headed run-in and rallied, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Ceasar Milan (10-11) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.

Skint 9-2 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs in Dec.

New Year's Eve 13-8fav (10-11) Held up in touch, headway 6th, led after 3 out, pressed from next, kept on well run-in, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb beating Rumble Of Thunder (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.

Harristown 20-1 (10-12) About 40 seconds passed after tape release until they raised a gallop, tracked leader from 1st, not fluent and challenged 2 out, soon edged right, led last, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Baradari (11-2) by 1l, 8 ran.

First Avenue 28-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, pushed along after 4 out, soon outpaced, never involved, 8th of 10, 32l behind Lyvius (11-4) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.

Knight Of Pleasure 12-1 (10-10) Held up in 6th, headway approaching 5th, lost place 7th, no chance when mistake 3 out, 7th of 9, 46l behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) hvy in Jan.

Fourth Estate (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led 2 out, joined last, soon ridden and pressed, edged right under pressure flat, stayed on well until no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 9, nk behind Ranjaan (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl (0-130) (3) gd in Nov.