15:35 Sandown

Saturday 1 February 2020

All12:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:3516:10

    Betway Masters Handicap Chase

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 2  |   3m 37y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:36  |   Winning time: 6m 36.4s
1st
Horse silk
8
7/1
T: P J HobbsJ: T J O'Brien
Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd and mistake 2 out, led last, stayed on strongly tchd 15/2
2nd
Horse silk
3 ½
9
6/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Pulled hard, not fluent 9th, rapid headway chasing leader 12th, led before 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in op 13/2 tchd 11/2
3rd
Horse silk
8 ½
7
1010-12
8/1
T: Nick WilliamsJ: David Noonan
Held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, ridden and plugged on in modest 3rd towards finish tchd 7/1
4th
Horse silk
1
10
6/1
T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore
Not fluent 1st, chased leaders until led 12th until 18th, lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened into 4th towards finish op 7/1 tchd 15/2
5th
Horse silk
7
11
11/4f
T: S EdmundsJ: C Gethings
Raced wide, chased leaders, weakening when blundered 3 out op 3/1
6th
Horse silk
½
12
7/1
T: Christian WilliamsJ: Jack Tudor (5)
Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next op 10/1
7th
Horse silk
15
5
1011-1
12/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Led 2nd until mistake and headed 12th, chased leaders, ridden before 16th, weakened before 3 out op 9/1

Also Ran

T: N J HendersonJ: D A Jacob
Mistakes, never closer than mid-division, towards rear when mistake 15th, weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out op 8/1
PU
Horse silk
4
25/1
T: C L TizzardJ: P J Brennan
Ran in snatches, slight lead until 2nd, chased leaders, lost place 8th, blundered 18th, tailed off, pulled up before 19th op 22/1
PU
Horse silk
6
14/1
T: G McPhersonJ: Kielan Woods
Always rear-division, never a factor, tailed off and pulled up 3 out op 16/1

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Non-Runners

3
Horse silk
Mister Malarky42
Weight: 11-5|  Age: 7
T: C L Tizzard  J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
WD
1
Horse silk
Crievehill42
Weight: 11-12|  Age: 8
T: N A Twiston-Davies  J: Sam Twiston-Davies
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£8.70Pl:£2.70, £2.20, £2.60EX:£62.50Trifecta:£554.80Tricast:£349.69SF:£50.54Swingers:£9.80, £9.90, £8.90

Forecasts

Classic Ben (11/4), Cloudy Glen (6/1), Diable De Sivola (6/1), Deise Aba (7/1), Cap Du Nord (7/1), Le Rocher (8/1), Mister Malarky (8/1), Dragon D'Estruval (9/1), As De Mee (12/1), Crievehill (12/1), Ami Desbois (14/1), Royal Vacation (25/1)

Verdict

Like the other handicaps on the card this won’t be easy to win but last year’s winner CLASSIC BEN looks a sound choice to hold onto his crown and defeat his old rival Ami Desbois once more both of those runners giving notice they were ready to win last time. Dragon D’Estruval came good at Ludlow last time and he’ll be in the mix despite a 7lb rise which looks rather harsh. If Cloudy Glen could be trusted not to repeat his Cheltenham antics he’s a useful sort at his best and he’ll handle the mud. As De Mee will enjoy this trip better and this dual course winner could be galvanised by the application of first-time cheekpieces.
  1. Classic Ben
  2. Ami Desbois
  3. As De Mee

Previous Winners

2019
Classic Ben
Weight: 10-10  |Age: 6
6/1

Prize Money

1st: £27,855.002nd: £8,271.003rd: £4,136.004th: £2,061.005th: £1,035.006th: £522.007th: £261.008th: £126.00

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