Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 13:50 Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase 2m

  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 49.70s
  • Off time: 13:54:05
13:50 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hinterland (FR) 13/2
2nd Grandouet (FR) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3U5-1F1 Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-2 A King R Thornton 145 7/24.50
2 3001-12 Maroon, White chevron, striped sleeves and cap Claret Cloak (IRE) 32
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 Miss E C Lavelle L Aspell 142 7/18.00
4 11/2F6-U Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 11/43.75
5 12222-1 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Hinterland (FR) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 148 13/27.50
6 73/034-1 WHITE, RED disc, hooped cap Manyriverstocross (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-2 A King D Elsworth 138 14/115.00
7 2116-11 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 22
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-2 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 147 9/43.25
Non runners
3217126De Faoithesdream (IRE)711-2Evan WilliamsAdam Wedge128

Verdict

The drop back to 2m is a worry here for Taquin Du Seuil, as his best form over hurdles was over further and he took time to warm to his task when beating Oscar Whisky at Cheltenham. BALDER SUCCES may well have won at Cheltenham in October had he not come down two out but he showed no ill-effects at Warwick, when winning easily. Suited by small fields, he can score again with Choc Thornton preferring the five-year-old to Manyriverstocross, who beat Claret Cloak at Exeter but is 5lb worse off today. Grandouet was easily the best of these over hurdles but jumped moderately and appeared to be struggling when unseating his rider at the last in Hinterland's race here last month - he has a bit to prove now.