32Red Handicap Chase 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 2, 9 runners)
  • Winner £12,524 2nd £3,700 3rd £1,850 4th £926 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 10.20s
  • Off time: 15:15:33

Full Result

15:15 Sandown Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Cornas (NZ) Nick Williams 9 11-2 L Aspell 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, closed 4th, challenged 3 out, led approacing next, stayed on well flat opened 16/1
2nd 2 Tchico Polos (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-11 t Ian Popham (5) 7/1
SP 7/1 Prominent, led 4 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, no impression on winner flat, held on for 2nd opened 13/2
3rd ½ 8 Oh Crick (FR) A King 8 10-13 R Thornton 9/1
SP 9/1 Held up, not fluent 4 out, headway from 4 out, went 3rd approaching last, stayed on under pressure flat opened 11/1
4th 11 Riguez Dancer Ferdy Murphy 7 10-0 G Lee 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, never quite able to challenge opened 9/1
5th 5 9 Leo's Lucky Star (USA) D Pipe 9 10-8 t T Scudamore 5/1
SP 5/1 Held up in rear, headway 8th, going well 3 out, ridden after 2 out, no extra last £5000-£1000
6th 14 7 Fiendish Flame (IRE) D McCain Jnr 7 10-13 J M Maguire 4/1f
SP 4/1f Led, jumped right 2nd, not fluent next, headed 4 out, 4th when mistake 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 9/2 £3690-£820
7th 3 Free World (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-6 S Thomas 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, jumped slowly 6th, not fluent and pushed along 8th, lost touch after 4 out opened 17/2
8th 5 I'msingingtheblues (IRE) D Pipe 9 11-2 t Danny Cook (3) 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, ridden and weakened after 4 out
9th 4 1 French Opera N J Henderson 8 11-12 B J Geraghty (5) 5/1
SP 5/1 Prominent, not fluent 3rd, headway 7th, not fluent next, lost place and ridden 4 out, soon behind opened 9/2 £2750-£500 £5000-£1000 £9000-£2000
NR 6 Dave's Dream (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-2 B J Geraghty
NR 10 Silk Drum (IRE) J Howard Johnson 6 10-0 Non Runner

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £16.30 Tote Place £4.10 £2.10 £2.50 Straight Forecast £107.76 Exacta £147.70 Trifecta £476.00 Swingers 1&2 £20.50, 2&3 £47.60, 1&3 £11.90

Placepot £850.00, Pool: £109336.74, 93.89 winning tickets
Quadpot £77.70, Pool: £10001.99, 95.2 winning tickets

Analysis

An interesting handicap, with most of the field likely to head to the Cheltenham Festival for one race or another, indeed the race almost had the feel of a Grand Annual trial about it. Winner CORNAS was never too far off the pace and part of a bunch of half a dozen runners who had gone clear, he struck for home as they turned in and never really looked like finishing anywhere else but in first. Although his two most recent runs looked modest, it was still a surprise to see him returned at 14-1. He was racing off 148 here and may find life tougher in future as the handicapper will shunt him back into the mid 150's after this performance. Tchico Polos deserves plenty of credit as he was one of three horses who forced the early pace, and given the way that Fiendish Flame and French Opera dropped away, his performance looks even more meritorious. He ran around a bit late on in the race, including just before his fences, but it was another likeable performance from a reliable yardstick especially having fallen in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November. Oh Crick, along with Riguez Dancer, started to creep into the race at the railway fences and both looked destined to play a major hand in the finish. However whilst the latter dropped away into fourth, Oh Crick finished his race with more momentum and was never nearer than at the line; this was a much better performance and he is the sort of horse to blossom around the spring. Leo's Lucky Star was another who travelled into the race well but he was fairly readily left behind when the race started to hot up, whilst French Opera stopped very quickly. He has had problems with lameness in the past and he dropped away as if something was amiss here. I'msingingtheblues ran as if this was one quick race too many, whilst Free World made several jumping errors and was one of the first beaten. Fiendish Flame helped force the early pace but he needs was another to drop away tamely; this was not his true running.