Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 15:25 Grand Military Gold Cup 3m 110y

  • Winner £6,239 2nd £1,935 3rd £967 4th £484
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 54.05s
  • Off time: 15:25:19
15:25 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Merrion Square (IRE) 7/4
2nd Tafika 5/1
3rd Martys Mission (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4617-16 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap Knighton Combe 254
Nag meDistance Winner
13 12-10 Jamie Snowden Major Alex Michael (5) 128 17/29.50
2 P51P-PP Yellow, white and yellow halved sleeves Masked Man (IRE) 70
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
10 12-5 t C J Mann Sgt B Moore (7) 115 16/117.00
3 34865-P Gold, White hoops, royal blue cap Bolachoir (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 12-0 P R Chamings Major Erica Bridge (7) 94 50/151.00
4 054-036 Dark blue, light blue cross belts, light blue sleeves, dark blue armlets, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Bringbackthebiff (NZ) 12
Nag me
11 12-0 p1 J F White Lt Douglas White (7)(ex1) 126 33/134.00
5 3/PU-22P BLACK, YELLOW Cross of Lorraine, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Hurricane Carter (IRE) 269
Nag me
13 12-0 S R Williams Sac Sam Williams (7) 111 50/151.00
6 57/26-31 Royal blue and yellow (quartered), white sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap Martys Mission (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
11 12-0 D G Prichard Miss L Gardner 110 7/24.50
7 1/56-115 Violet and white check, white cap Merrion Square (IRE) 131
Nag meDistance Winner
7 12-0 t P F Nicholls Lbdr Jody Sole (5) 127 7/42.75
8 8635P1 Eton blue and royal blue (quartered), light blue sleeves O Crotaigh (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
9 12-0 A D Brown Maj Felix Wheeler (7) 123 5/16.00
9 5352U6 Yellow, green and yellow striped sleeves Or Sing About (FR) 116
Nag meDistance Winner
11 12-0 v J W Mullins Flt Lt Camilla Howard (7) 94 66/167.00
10 4FP-P13 Gold, White hoops, Emerald Green cap Tafika 14
Nag me
9 12-0 p P R Webber Capt Max Chenery (7) 114 5/16.00

Verdict

Bolachoir won this in 2008 but has never reproduced that form and was only fifth last year, well behind winner Masked Man. The latter has been pulled up in all three starts since however. Knighton Combe and Hurricane Carter have a lengthy absence to overcome and Merrion Square and Or Sing About have also had a winter break, the former trying a new trip under Rules though he has won over 3m between the flags. Tafika won at Leicester in December but could only finish third here next time while Martys Mission didn't beat much in a Ludlow hunter chase last month. O CROTAIGH looks the one to be on following his nine-length defeat of Patsy Finnegan at Market Rasen. All four of his chase victories so far may have come at the Lincolnshire track but this course is similar in nature.