Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 19:05 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Henry II Stakes 2m 78y

  • Winner £45,416 2nd £17,216 3rd £8,616 4th £4,296
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 41.33s
  • Off time: 19:06:29
19:05 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Blue Bajan (IRE) 4/1
2nd Montaff 33/1
3rd Holberg (UAE) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 82831-5 Dark Green, Yellow hoop and sleeves, Yellow cap, Dark Green star Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-2 B J Meehan Louis Beuzelin 95 14/115.00
2 (5) 074-523 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Akmal 12
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-2 J L Dunlop R Hills 105 6/17.00
3 (7) 244/2-62 LIGHT BLUE and GREY stripes, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, hooped cap Blue Bajan (IRE) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
9 9-2 D O'Meara D Tudhope 111 4/15.00
4 (4) 15683-5 Royal Blue, White hoops, Yellow and White halved sleeves, Yellow cap Buxted (IRE) 13
Nag me
5 9-2 R Mills R L Moore 107 15/28.50
5 (8) 1/15216- Royal blue Holberg (UAE) 205
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-2 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 111 6/42.50
6 (2) 760103 Royal blue, yellow epaulets, royal blue and white striped sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Montaff 5
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-2 M R Channon S Hitchcott 99 33/134.00
7 (6) 110822/ Royal blue, white epaulets, black cap Nehaam 586
Nag me
5 9-2 J H M Gosden T P O'Shea 105 16/117.00
8 (3) 4/13338- Pink, White sleeves Caucus 236
Nag me
4 9-0 J H M Gosden William Buick 102 10/111.00

Verdict

Several of these are old rivals and Akmal had Montaff behind when making all in this race 12 months ago. John Dunlop's chestnut also finished ahead of Aaim To Prosper when runner-up to Askar Tau in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last month, though the latter looked in need of the run that day. Blue Bajan had Buxted behind when a half-length second to Duncan in the Yorkshire Cup 13 days ago but hasn't much scope for further improvement and is likely to find at least a couple of these too strong. Holberg, winner of the Queen's Vase in 2009, is probably the form pick on his sixth in last year's Melbourne Cup but there promises to be more to come from CAUCUS this year over this trip. Now with John Gosden, the four-year-old had a progressive profile for Hughie Morrison last season and can be forgiven his run on very testing ground at Longchamp in October. Whatever his fate here, he's worth following this year.