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Sandown Park

  • 16:15 bet365 Classic Trial 1m 2f 7y

  • (Group 3) £55,000 added 3yo 4 ran
  • Winner £31,190 2nd £11,825 3rd £5,918 4th £2,948
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 27.86s
  • Off time: 16:16:52

Full result

16:15 Sandown Park Result 28th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Imperial Monarch (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 11/8f
Led early, tracked leader, taken to wide outside to race alone 7f out, stayed wide after, dropped to rear over 4f out, raced on stands rail in straight, well on terms over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led towards finish opened 13/8 touched 13/8 £3000-£2000 £1500-£1000(x4) £1375-£1000(x2) £1100-£800(x6)
2nd (2) Thought Worthy (USA) 9-0 William Buick J H M Gosden 3 9/2
Made most, ridden and stayed on well from over 1f out, came clear of pair that side, headed and no match for winner racing on stands side rail opened 9/2 touched 5/1
3rd (4) 9 Rougemont (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore Richard Hannon 3 11/4
Tracked leaders, went 2nd as winner went to wide outside over 4f out, ridden 3f out, beaten over 1f out opened 11/4 touched 3/1
4th (3) 31 Stipulate 9-0 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 7/2
Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, virtually pulled up over 1f out, tailed off opened 3/1 touched 4/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.10
Straight Forecast: £7.64 Exacta: £6.20

Placepot: £349.10, Pool: £197556.2, 412.99 winning tickets
Quadpot: £36.60, Pool: £11931.09, 240.87 winning tickets

Verdict

A solid performance from the winner IMPERIAL MONARCH, although the way the race panned out, analysing the bare form could prove a tad tricky. With more rain around than in Noah's time, the ground was riding very testing and it was a brave decision by Joseph O'Brien to take his mount as wide as possible, almost onto the road and then under the trees. Although acting under orders having walked the track with his trainer father, it was brave to stay there as his three rivals hugged the rail, and it probably paid dividends. His mount, effective in the mud, started to eat up the ground turning for home and he showed a great attitude to get the job done all on his own. He undoubtedly covered more ground than his rivals and is value for more than the winning margin of 1 1/4 lengths. He looks a horse of great potential, and this was a very professional performance, much more so than on debut where he was keen and green. He looks likely to head to Epsom, where continued rain would aid his cause, but as ever it remains to be seen how well he will handle that unique track. The Irish Derby will be on the agenda too, and that may be the ideal race. Runner-up Thought Worthy came well clear of the third and he ran a blinder really, considering he was quite keen early and had to make the running. The son of Dynaformer has plenty of scope for further improvement this season, and although he seems to handle soft ground well, there is no reason why he won't like better going. In time he could make up into a St Leger candidate and is one to keep on the right side of this year. There was nine lengths back to Rougemont. He didn't seem to repeat the form of his excellent win at Newmarket and although the race may have come a tad quick, it's more likely that the almost unraceable ground was the reason. Stipulate was another to impress at HQ but he seemed ill at ease from an early stage here and the run can basically be ignored; he was nearly pulled up with still a fair way to run.