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Sandown Park

  • 15:15 Paddy Power Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Listed) £60,000 added 4yo+ 24 ran
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in plcs home straight Good,G/S plcs b/straight)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 54.06s
  • Off time: 15:16:28

Paintball up for the Cup

County Hurdle possible Festival target

Last Updated: 10/03/12 3:53pm

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Paintball: Springs a 20-1 surprise in the Imperial Cup and could now go to Cheltenham

Paintball: Springs a 20-1 surprise in the Imperial Cup and could now go to Cheltenham

A resurgent Paintball was a 20-1 winner of the Paddy Power Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday under jockey Noel Fehily.

The Grade Three handicap hurdle had been on the winner's agenda since he was given a breathing operation in December and after creeping along in mid-division, he steamed four and a half lengths clear of long-time leader Nampour.

"He wasn't finishing off his races this season so we gave him the breathing operation," said trainer Charlie Longsdon, who was recording the biggest win of his career.

"We've had plenty of winners but we haven't had the big Saturday winners yet. This tops it off."

Paintball will collect a £75,000 bonus from Paddy Power if he wins again at Cheltenham next week and the trainer added: "He won this off 128 and with his penalty he'd be borderline to get into the County. If he's OK, you'd have to go for it."

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