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  • 16:50 Poker At bet365.com Handicap1m 14y

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £12,462 2nd £3,732 3rd £1,866 4th £934
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 42.13s
  • Off time: 16:56:37

Full result

16:50 Sandown Park Result 23rd April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Wannabe King 9-1 T E Durcan D R Lanigan 5 14/1
Close up in 5th, travelling well and headway to track leaders when hung right over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, strongly pressed close home, held on, all out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
2nd (15) nse Guest Book (IRE) 8-5 Louis Beuzelin (3) M Johnston 4 16/1
Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, every chance throughout final furlong, strong challenge last strides, just failed opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd (12) ½ Julienas (IRE) 8-12 A Kirby W R Swinburn 4 8/1
Took keen hold in mid-division, headway on outside well over 1f out, stayed on strongly for hand riding inside final furlong, went 3rd and going on close home opened 14/1 touched 14/1
4th (5) nk Dunn'o (IRE) 9-0 P Robinson C G Cox 6 15/2
Led, narrowly headed 1f out, kept on gamely pressing leaders under pressure and every chance inside final furlong, no extra in 4th close home opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th (6) ¾ Benandonner (USA) 8-7 Martin Lane M Murphy 8 22/1
Chased leader until over 2f out, stayed pressing leaders under pressure, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong opened 25/1 touched 25/1
6th (4) Hacienda (IRE) 8-12 K Fallon M Johnston 4 7/1f
Took keen hold, held up in mid-division headway on outside inside final 2f, opened 6/1 touched 7/1 £3000-£400
7th (10) Directorship 8-6 Jim Crowley P R Chamings 5 8/1
Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders opened 11/1 touched 11/1
8th (11) 1 Axiom 9-7 N Callan Ed Walker 7 28/1
Held up towards rear, headway inside final 3f to get in behind leaders 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out opened 28/1 touched 33/1
9th (16) Gunner Lindley (IRE) 8-13 M Hills B W Hills 4 14/1
Switched right after start, held up in rear, some late headway, never on terms opened 16/1 touched 16/1
10th (9) ½ Fremont (IRE) 8-12 R Hughes Richard Hannon 4 10/1
Raced in 7th on outside, headway to get in behind leaders 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong opened 10/1 touched 11/1
11th (3) ½ Treble Jig (USA) 8-8 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 8/1
Took keen hold towards rear of mid-division, weakened over 3f out opened 7/1 touched 8/1 £3750-£500
12th (14) ½ Invincible Soul (IRE) 9-3 E Ahern Richard Hannon 4 16/1
Held up in rear, never a factor opened 20/1 touched 20/1
13th (8) Suited And Booted (IRE) 9-2 J Fortune Richard Hannon 4 16/1
In touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £4000-£200(x2)
14th (17) 1 Dance And Dance (IRE) 9-2 Adam Beschizza (5) E F Vaughan 5 10/1
Started very slowly, always in rear opened 9/1 touched 10/1
15th (1) 11 Ezdeyaad (USA) 8-8 Jack Mitchell Ed Walker 7 50/1
In mid-division when not much roon on inside after 1f, weakened over 2f out, eased when well beaten over 1f out opened 66/1 touched 66/1
WN (13) Huygens 8-9 D Holland D J Coakley 4 8/1
NR (2) Norman Orpen (IRE) 8-9 Lewis Walsh (7) Jane Chapple-Hyam 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £17.80 Tote Place: £6.00,5.60,3.60
Straight Forecast: £189.16 Exacta: £491.10 Swingers: 1&2:55.80 2&3:34.80 1&3:29.90

Jackpot: £10,069.89 carried forward to Sandown Park, 24th Apr
Placepot: £4,388.40, Pool: £148185.88, 24.65 winning tickets
Quadpot: £42.90, Pool: £12989.24, 223.6 winning tickets

Verdict

A thrilling finish to a competitive handicap narrowly went the way of the first time blinkered WANNABE KING who had dropped to just a pound above his last winning mark after a barren campaign in 2010. He was only David Lanigan's fourth runner of the campaign but gave notice that the Newmarket handler's string are clearly well forward. He struggled from higher marks last season after winning three times in 2009 so will need to find some improvement if he's to win again this season. Guest Book was the least fancied of Mark Johnston's pair but had run a series of solid races in handicaps without winning since landing his maiden towards the end of 2009; this performance will not make further success any easier but he hasn't got many miles on the clock and it would be no surprise to see him improve further. The well-backed Julienas deserves credit as the only horse involved in the finish to have raced from off the pace and he was closing all the way to the line as befits a horse who had already won over ten furlongs. He'll clearly be suited by a step back up in trip and shaped as though he'd improve for this reappearance. His rider was at pains to hold his line as jockeys' jostled for position and he denied Treble Jig a run; well supported in the morning, Sir Michael Stoute's runner was easy to back on track and the lightly raced colt can leave the form of this first run in 289 days behind, possibly when stepped back up in trip. He was a shade too keen in the early stages and endured a fairly rough race. Dunn'o was third in last year's renewal from the same mark and sets the benchmark for the form with another solid performance but he has now gone 14 races without winning and won't receive any respite from the handicapper. Directorship is another with a good track record but failed to get involved from off the pace whilst Michael Hills opted to drop Gunner Lindley in behind from his high draw rather than adopt his usual prominent position and this run is best ignored on ground that was faster than ideal. Fremont had been well backed for the Lincoln but failed to land a blow on the favoured stands side at Doncaster and found little here although he did see plenty of daylight. He now has plenty to prove but stablemate Invincible Soul wasn't given too hard a time of things and made a satisfactory reappearance.