Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 14:40 bet365.com Celebration Chase 2m

  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 53.30s
  • Off time: 14:41:00
14:40 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sire De Grugy (FR) 6/1
2nd Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 3/1
3rd Wishfull Thinking 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 211-464 White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 165 3/14.00
2 3-P3330 Black, White hoops and sleeves, hooped cap Dan Breen (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-2 p D Pipe C O'Farrell 147 16/117.00
3 2F4-428 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 43
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-2 N J Henderson A Tinkler 152 14/115.00
4 166631 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-2 t C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 158 8/19.00
5 11-3144 Red, pink hoop and armlets Sanctuaire (FR) 45
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 166 3/14.00
6 8-12141 Red, royal blue stripe, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Sire De Grugy (FR) 6
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 G L Moore J E Moore 145 6/17.00
7 2P-P4P2 Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Tanks For That (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-2 N J Henderson D Bass 150 20/121.00
8 35/1-575 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tataniano (FR) 45
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-2 R Rowe A Thornton 155 33/134.00
9 B2-3818 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Toubab (FR) 23
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-2 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 144 25/126.00
10 5-21413 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 45
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-2 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 5/16.00

Verdict

SANCTUAIRE won this last year, well ahead of the re-opposing Dan Breen, French Opera and Wishfull Thinking. With no Sprinter Sacre to contend with this time. Paul Nicholls' useful chaser can recapture the winning thread as he has the beating of Aintree winner Oiseau De Nuit on their run together at Cheltenham in January and, on a line through that one, looks to have the measure of Tanks For That. Stablemate Toubab has a bit to find at the weights while the jury is out on Finian's Rainbow, who has been a huge disappointment this season after last year's exploits. Novice Sire De Grugy did finish second in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in November and has won at Lingfield and Stratford since but had his limitations exposed at Aintree at the start of the month.