Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 14:25 32Red Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 9.65s
  • Off time: 14:25:27
14:25 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Melodic Rendezvous 7/2
2nd Pendra (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1214-13 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Court Minstrel (IRE) 50
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 131 5/16.00
2 211 White, emerald green disc, black sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap Golden Hoof (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-7 N J Henderson A Tinkler 135 16/117.00
3 34 Yellow, Royal Blue braces, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars and stars on cap Le Reve (IRE) 37
Nag me
5 11-7 Mrs L Wadham L Aspell 100/1101.00
4 12-21 Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle and armlets, check cap Melodic Rendezvous 22
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 J Scott Nick Scholfield 135 7/24.50
5 1-11 Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap Pendra (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 C E Longsdon N Fehily 127 6/17.00
6 1 Dark Blue, Yellow spots, Dark Blue sleeves and cap Poet 17
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 C G Cox D Elsworth 3/14.00
7 1/2 White, black cap Royal Boy (FR) 22
Nag me
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 5/23.50

Verdict

POET, a classy performer rated 110 on the Flat, could hardly have made a more impressive start over hurdles at Newbury where he jumped superbly to beat a decent field of maidens. He looks a very useful recruit to the winter game and should remain unbeaten. Melodic Rendezvous, runner-up in the Champion Bumper at Punchestown, loved the mud when beating Royal Boy at Cheltenham and will be suited by a stamina test though the runner-up was having his first start since winning a point-to-point in March 2011 and will be expected to turn the tables. The latter's stablemate Golden Hoof has won a couple of minor races very easily and could be anything while Court Minstrel won a Cheltenham maiden before a close third in a Grade 2 there in November. The unbeaten Pendra faces his stiffest test but there's no reason why he shouldn't make further progress and only Le Reve can be ruled out of what should be an informative contest.