Sandown Park

  • 15:30 Grand Military Gold Cup 3m 110y

  • Winner £5,621 2nd £1,743 3rd £871 4th £436
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 28.46s
  • Off time: 15:30:14
15:30 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Blu Teen (FR) 4/1
2nd Ice Tea (IRE) 7/2
3rd Surenaga (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 22-3178 Gold, White hoops, Emerald Green cap Cois Farraig 34
Nag meDistance Winner
6 12-10 P R Webber Capt T W C Edwards (5) 130 7/24.50
2 2113PP Eton blue and royal blue (quartered), light blue sleeves Flying Squad (UAE) 21
Nag me
7 12-5 t M F Harris Maj Felix Wheeler (7) 108 50/151.00
3 1323-33 Dark Blue, Yellow sash, hooped sleeves Knighton Combe 21
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
11 12-5 Jamie Snowden Capt Lucy Horner 123 9/25.50
4 052125 Yellow, white and yellow halved sleeves Mr Big (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 12-5 p C J Mann Lt Col O Ellwood (3) 114 14/115.00
5 0FUF04 WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap Scots Dragoon 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 12-5 N J Henderson Maj A Michael (5) 115 15/28.50
6 80P121 Maroon, white chevron, maroon sleeves, white stars and stars on cap Surenaga (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 12-5 p Miss S Randell Miss Sally Randell (7) 123 8/19.00
7 10/13-22 Black and white diabolo, yellow sleeves and cap Blu Teen (FR) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
11 12-0 t D Staddon Lbdr Jody Sole (7) 118 4/15.00
8 P/11-161 Black, Yellow cross belts, sleeves and cap Ice Tea (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
11 12-0 b Mrs S K McCain Lucy Gardner (3) 130 7/24.50

Verdict

Scots Dragoon won this last year but was a long way behind Surenaga when they met in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup here last month and the latter can give Sally Randell, who was successful in this in 2009, another good ride. Runner-up Blu Teen easily won a hunter chase here a year ago and looks sure to get involved as does Knighton Combe, representing Jamie Snowden, who wasn't far behind in third but Mr Big was beaten a long way and looks out of it. It's difficult to know what COIS FARRAIG is doing in a race like this as he landed a Grade 2 at Newbury in November before finishing a long way behind the high-class pair Hell's Bay and Medermit in his next two starts. He has a penalty to carry but could well prove different class. Ice Tea is a useful hunter who battled all the way to the line to see off Mister Apple's at Doncaster and is the pick of the weights on official ratings.