BET365 at Sandown Park

Updated: April 25, 2014

Racing at Sandown on Friday 25th April 2014 had six sponsored races by bet365 and a Memorial Maidens Fillies Stakes as well. The track going was Soft and the weather that greeted both race goers and horses was rather wet, with visibility at times (through the TV screen) being rather obscured by the permanent drizzle.

1340 bet365 Esher Cup (Handicap) BOBIS Race Class 2: Distance 1m 0f 14y: 8 Runners

In this race Sacred Act was the favourite at 6-4, whilst runner First Flight had its first outing since August 2nd last year. At the off Art Official took the lead followed by Almargo and Cricklewood Green. Swinging into the right turn and the four furlong home straight Sacred Act was locked on the inside. What About Carlo at 12-1 odds found the space and momentum to take victory by 4 lengths over End of Line 5-2 2F who narrowly secured second place by ¾ of a length from First Flight at 8-1. Cricklewood Green was 3 ¾ lengths behind followed by Sacred Act in fifth.

1410 bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3 Class 1): Distance 1m 2f 7y: 5 Runners NR: Robin Hoods Bay

Sky Hunter went into this race as favourite at 6-5 odds. Noble Mission struck up an immediate lead ahead of Empire Storm and Sky Hunter. Telescope in fourth and Contributer at the rear completed the field. Going into the long turn to the home straight Contributer in particular began gaining ground along with Telescope, whilst Sky Hunter and notably Empire Storm lost their impetus. However, Noble Mission still at the front raised the pace and ate up the ground, to win by 9 lengths at 4-1 odds. Telescope came in second as 5-2 2F nine lengths ahead of Contributer at 9-1. Earlier in the day doubts had been expressed about Telescope with the ground not suiting him, and a possible weight issue as well. So considering these matters I think a second place was rather good. Favourite Sky Hunter was fourth.

Noble Mission Romps Home. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Noble Mission Romps Home. Image credit @Channel4Racing

1445 bet365 Mile (Group 2 Class 1): Distance 1m 0f 14y: 6 Runners NR: Trumpet Major

Although Montridge was last to leave the stalls, it was Garswood the 5-2 favourite who brought up the rear of the field as Penitent went straight to the front. At the corner Tullius was in fourth position, with Penitent still in first place alongside Fire Ship and Top Notch Tonto. With the long energy sapping home straight to negotiate, Penitent began to fade and was caught by Montridge. However, Tullius moving on the outside passed both of them to win at 9-2odds by 3 ¾ lengths. Montridge put on a spirited challenge to come in second as 3-1 2F and Penitent managed third spot at 5-1. The favourite Garswood was fifth.

Tullius Wins. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Tullius Wins. Image credit @Channel4Racing

1515 bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3 Class 1): Distance 1m 2f 7y: 6 Runners NR Act of Charity & Sir Jack Layden

From the gates Automated and Red Galileo held pole positions with Impulsive Moment and Truth or Dare following closely behind. Toward the end of the back straight Red Galileo took a narrow advantage over Automated and Truth or Dare swapped places with Impulsive Moment. In the home straight with three furlongs to go Truth or Dare had fallen behind whilst Western Hymn had unleashed a turn of speed and Master Carpenter had made gains too. As front runner Red Galileo failed Western Hymn a 1-2 favourite took advantage and victory by 1 ¾ lengths over Impulsive Moment at 25-1. Two lengths behind the front two Master Carpenter at 8-1 was third.

Western Hymn a  favourite victory. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Western Hymn a
favourite victory. Image credit @Channel4Racing

1550 Handicap BOBIS Race (Class 2): Distance 0m 5f 6y: 11 Runners NR: Stars Above Me

Victory went to Eccleston at 7-2 odds by 1 ¼ lengths over Hay Chewed in second place at 14-1. Another 1 ¼ lengths behind Montaigne was third at 7-1 and Charles Molson at 13-2 was fourth.

1625 Nordoff Robbins Willie Robertson Memorial Maiden Fillies Stakes BOBIS Race (Class 4): Distance 1m 2f 7y 13 Runners NR: Pendley Legacy, Pink Diamond, Sweeping Up & Wahgah

Victory secured by ½ length for Kallisha a 5-1 2F over 8-1 Nancy From Nairobi. In third spot 3 ¼ lengths behind What A Scorcher was a 20-1 winning placed bet with fourth horse 6-1 Grace And Favour a length behind.

1655 bet365 Handicap BOBIS Race (Class 3): Distance 1m 2f 7y: 8 Runners NR: Elysian Prince, Hooded, Taghrooda

Windshear at 13-8 took victory by 4 ½ lengths over Collaboration at 10-1. Elite Army ridden by S De Sousa took third place at 5-2 odds. Richard Hughes tasted his first victory today aboard Windshear having just returned from injury, having suffered a fractured vertebrate in his back at Dubai. So begins Hughes efforts to try and be the flat season’s champion jockey. Ryan Moore had a good head start on this endeavour due to the Hughes injury, but Ryan didn’t manage to win at Sandown today!

From The Horse’s Mouth: Neigh 5

The Horses Mouth

In the two weeks since this horse last neighed both the Scottish and Irish Grand Nationals have taken place, and Good Friday racing happened for the first time at Musselburgh and Lingfield.

Bits and Pieces

In Ayr on Saturday April 12th Al Co at 40-1 odds won the Scottish Grand National by 1 ½ lengths over Godsmejudge (last year’s winner) at 16-1. In third place Trustan Times was 16-1 and the fourth berth was taken by Merry King at 16-1. Runners 29.

All 15 races run on April 18th (Good Friday) at Lingfield (7) and Musselburgh (8) were won by different trainers. P Hanagan was the most successful jockey

with two wins at Lingfield aboard Ertijaal at 4-5 odds and Alben Star at 25-1. W J Haggas was the most successful trainer on the day with one winner at each track. Bilimbi ridden by J P Sullivan was a 7-1 winner at Musselburgh, and Ertijal took victory for Haggas at Lingfield.

In the Irish Grand National on Monday April 21st Shutthefrontdoor gave Barry Geraghty an 8-1 winner at the Fairyhouse track.

At Epsom race course on Wednesday 23rd April the 1450 was a Derby Trial race where the winner secured an automatic entry for The Derby (proper) on June 7th. Our Channel riding in front close to the fence on one side of the track seemed somewhat adrift from the main field bunched on the other side. But despite four horses putting on the pressure in the final furlong, Our Channel was victorious.

As the National Hunt (jump) season is about to come to an end, jockey A P McCoy will secure his 19th consecutive Championship title.

Sad News

Julian Wilson the BBC horse-racing commentator until 1997 sadly passed away at the age of 73 on Easter Monday (21st). Growing up it was always a joy hearing his informative and unbiased reporting. Although he no longer commentated, his presence remained at racing tracks nationwide as he watched the sport he loved. The world of horse-racing will be all the poorer for his loss, and he will be missed.

RIP Julian Wilson. Image credit @Channel4Racing

RIP Julian Wilson. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Horse Whispers

Some of the chatter gleaned from the stable called Twitter

Tullius ready to move up to Group 1 level with the Newbury Lockinge or the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot a possibility.

Joyeuse still an intended runner in the 1000 Guineas as confirmed by Lady Cecil.

Western Hymn 4th favourite for the @InvestecDerby and was 14-1 odds for it going into today’s race at Sandown. Perhaps these have lowered since?

Ruby Walsh could return from injury to ride at the Punchestown Festival starting 29th April.






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