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  • 15:20 bet365.com Esher Cup Handicap1m 14y

  • £17,700 added 3yo 9 ran
  • Winner £11,029 2nd £3,303 3rd £1,651 4th £827
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 43.56s
  • Off time: 15:21:17

Full result

15:20 Sandown Park Result 24th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (6) Tazahum (USA) 9-3 R Hills Sir Michael Stoute 3 11/4f
Held up, came center over 3f out, headway 2f out, led 1f out, ridden, edged left and asserted near finish opened 7/2 touched 4/1 £2000-£500 £1600-£400 £2100-£600 £750-£500
2nd (8) ¾ Captain Bertie (IRE) 8-7 M Hills B W Hills 3 9/2
In touch, came center over 3f out, headway 2f out, pressed winner and every chance entering final furlong, not quicken near finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2
3rd (7) 4 Star Surprise 9-1 J P Spencer M L W Bell 3 14/1
Raced alone on outer, with leader, came center over 3f out, led 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace opened 14/1 touched 16/1
4th (1) ¾ Treasury Devil (USA) 9-7 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 3/1
In rear, came center over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders opened 9/4 touched 7/2 £1500-£500 £1100-£400(x2) £1250-£500(x2)
5th (5) Sonoran Sands (IRE) 9-1 L P Keniry J S Moore 3 22/1
Led, stayed far side over 3f out, ridden and soon headed, kept on one pace and joined center group over 1f out opened 25/1 touched 28/1
6th (9) John Biscuit (IRE) 8-10 J Fortune A M Balding 3 11/1
Keen held up, came center over 3f out, never near leaders opened 11/1 touched 12/1
7th (4) Indian Jack (IRE) 8-13 L Morris A Bailey 3 7/1
Tracked leaders, came center over 3f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £3000-£390
8th (3) 6 Invincible Ridge (IRE) 9-6 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 12/1
In rear, came center over 3f out, never near leaders opened 16/1 touched 16/1
9th (2) 8 Kingscroft (IRE) 8-8 K Fallon M Johnston 3 16/1
Tracked leaders, came center over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out opened 12/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.70 Tote Place: £1.30,1.70,4.10
Straight Forecast: £15.38 Exacta: £15.50 Trifecta: £170.30 Swingers: 1&2:4.20 2&3:4.90 1&3:4.70

Jackpot: £14,089.70, Pool: £19844.67, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £116.60, Pool: £80534.12, 503.96 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.70, Pool: £5867.91, 368.76 winning tickets

Verdict

This is often an informative handicap and the first two pulled clear of the field in quite taking fashion (with neither rider throwing the kitchen sink) in a race where the majority of the field chose to race in the middle of the track. There had been plenty of support for TAZAHUM on the day suggesting that he was fairly well forward for his reappearance and he didn't disappoint. He was always travelling well in midfield, moved smoothly up to challenge for the lead and quickened up the hill and was always holding the challenge of the runner-up whom he intimidated slightly as he drifted left under a right hand drive. He had finished second to Dubawi Gold (a dual Listed winner this season) on his final start as a juvenile and this well bred colt - who has a St James Palace Stakes entry - certainly looks capable of making his mark in Pattern company. He was conceding 10lbs to the runner-up who had landed an average maiden at two after finishing second to Free Handicap winner Pausanias. Captain Bertie looked to have strengthened up over the winter and can improve on this more than satisfactory return. He travelled as well as the winner and just couldn't match his finishing speed but he stayed on well to the line and should win his share of races this season as he progresses. Star Surprise kept on well enough for third but is starting to look exposed. Treasury Devil had last been seen finishing down the field in a Group One at Longchamp and better was expected with his trainer holding a good recent record in this race. He was under pressure a long way from home and his progress was rather laboured but he may have needed this.