Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 14:40 32Red Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £17,103 2nd £6,417 3rd £3,213 4th £1,602
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 13.70s
  • Off time: 14:42:07
14:40 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Minella Class (IRE) 6/4
2nd Megastar 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 17 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 10
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 Dr R D P Newland R Johnson 16/117.00
2 1251-12 Mauve and Black (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap, Mauve diamond Megastar 10
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 G L Moore J E Moore 139 9/25.50
3 24012-1 Grey, White epaulets Minella Class (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 6/42.50
4 2 Cerise, white circle, cerise sleeves and cap Red Merlin (IRE) 24
Nag me
6 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 8/19.00
5 352-41 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Toubab (FR) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 P F Nicholls S Thomas 144 2/13.00

Verdict

There may only be five runners for this Grade 1 contest but it's a fascinating race nevertheless. Red Merlin was a decent middle-distance handicapper on the Flat but may struggle to overturn Newbury running with Minella Class, who will also be suited by today's easier ground. Trail-blazer Act Of Kalanisi may be vulnerable again at this level but Megastar is a tough novice who lost nothing in defeat when second to Rock On Ruby at Newbury. But Paul Nicholls should know where he stands with TOUBAB on a line through that winner and the French import is taken to add to his win at Haydock in November.