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Sandown Park

  • 14:25 totepool Challengers Novices' Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Registered As The Scilly Isles Novices' Chase) (Grade 1) £37,000 added 5yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £21,094 2nd £7,914 3rd £3,963 4th £1,976
  • Going: Good,Good to Soft and Good to firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 9.70s
  • Off time: 14:29:38

Full result

14:25 Sandown Park Result 5th February 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Medermit (FR) 11-4 R Thornton A King 7 5/2f
Mid-division, headway 7th, led soon after 3 out, driven flat, held on opened 10/3 touched 7/2 £7000-£2000 £5250-£1500 £3500-£1000 £1400-£400 £1500-£500 £1100-£400(x2)
2nd ½ Captain Chris (IRE) 11-4 R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 4/1
Held up in rear, mistake 6th, headway 10th, mistake 3 out, chased winner approaching last, stayed on well opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £5000-£1000 £2700-£600 £2250-£500
3rd 7 Mr Gardner (IRE) 11-4 Felix De Giles N J Henderson 8 7/1
Led, pecked 1st, headed next, led after 3rd, headed 7th, not fluent next, led before 3 out, soon headed, pressing winner when stumbled 2 out, 3rd and beaten last, one pace opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £20000-£2600
4th hd Rock Noir (FR) 11-4 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 6 15/2
Mid-division, headway 7th, blundered 12th, not fluent next, ridden 3 out, stayed on same pace last opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th 25 Rebel Du Maquis (FR) 11-4 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 6 12/1
Prominent, pecked 1st, ridden after 4 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened opened 11/1 touched 12/1
6th 5 Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 10-8 A Tinkler N J Henderson 5 5/1
Mid-division on outside, headway 6th, ridden and outpaced from 7th, lost place next, well held after opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £12000-£2000 £6000-£1000
7th 9 Reve de Sivola (FR) 11-4 D A Jacob Nick Williams 6 10/1
Held up in rear, reminders after 4th, outpaced from 7th, never in contention after, well beaten approaching 3 out opened 9/1 touched 11/1
8th 9 Cois Farraig 11-4 D Elsworth P R Webber 6 28/1
Led 2nd until after next, lost place 6th, soon last, behind from next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th Hidden Keel 11-4 P J Brennan C E Longsdon 6 12/1
Prominent, went 2nd 5th, led 7th, mistake 9th, not fluent 13th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened before next opened 9/1 touched 12/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.90 Tote Place: £1.60,1.70,2.60
Straight Forecast: £13.30 Exacta: £10.30 Trifecta: £91.50 Swingers: 1&2:2.00 2&3:11.30 1&3:3.30

Jackpot: £17,686.13 carried forward to Fontwell Park, 6th Feb
Placepot: £1,485.50, Pool: £144991.95, 71.25 winning tickets
Quadpot: £729.90, Pool: £13218.27, 13.4 winning tickets

Verdict

The field finished well strung out in what promised to be one of the most competitive novice chases to have been won this season and the form should stand up with the 'right' horses coming to the fore. The jury is still out with regard to MEDERMIT's best trip as he was just run out of it in the Dipper by Hell's Bay who hasn't gained a reputation for his battling qualities but may have turned over a new leaf for his new yard. That form was just about the best on offer and he had enough in the locker to repel a renewed challenge from Captain Chris up the hill. Alan King's grey had travelled well in midfield before creeping gradually into contention and was still travelling strongly as a group of six pulled clear on the turn for home. He jumped into a share of the lead at the Pond Fence and was left with a clear advantage when Mr Gardner stumbled badly having jumped the second last and kept on well to record an impressive success. Connections will not be rushed into deciding which race he goes for at the Festival but stamina has been a key requisite in the Arkle over the years. Captain Chris deserves plenty of credit for finishing second as he wasn't fluent at a number of fences and made a bad mistake at the fifth, when appearing to take off too soon, causing Richard Johnson to take one hand of the reins. His best form over hurdles came on good spring ground and better can be expected when he gets those conditions which may help his jumping too; like the winner, he has the option of the Arkle or the Jewson. Mr Gardner has proved a revelation since being allowed to bowl along in front and ran admirably on this significant step up in class. His jumping was, again, excellent in the main and he was a little unfortunate to lose his footing at the second last but for which he may well have finished a little closer to the first two. Connections may be tempted by the Jewson but could be tempted to wait for Aintree which will surely suit his style of running. Rock Noir has taken time to find his feet since arriving from France and ran respectably in fourth. He was travelling as well as the winner turning for home but came off the bridle after the Pond Fence and could only stay on at the one pace thereafter; he didn't jump the railway fences particularly well on either occasion which would not have helped his cause. Rebel Du Maquis and Hidden Keel paid the price for helping to set a strong pace in this company and can fare better when their sights are lowered. Reve de Sivola has become disappointing since beating Wishfull Thinking at Cheltenham in December. He received reminders after the third and this smart hurdler has plenty to learn about jumping fences if he's to fulfil his potential. He has yet to race beyond two miles five but has always shaped as though a test of stamina would bring out the best in him and a slower pace over a longer trip may also help his fencing. Nadiya De La Vega coped well with the fences having made a couple of bad mistakes when winning at Kempton but was outclassed whilst Cois Farraig dropped himself out passing the winning post on the first circuit but could come into his own in handicaps.