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Sandown Park

  • 14:20 bet365 Mile 1m 14y

  • (Group 2) £80,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £45,368 2nd £17,200 3rd £8,608 4th £4,288
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 52.58s
  • Off time: 14:24:15

Full result

14:20 Sandown Park Result 27th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Penitent 9-0 D Tudhope D O'Meara 6 5/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd inside final 3f, led over 1f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on well opened 9/2 touched 11/2 £2200-£400
2nd (3) Questioning (IRE) 9-0 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 5/1
Steadied leaving stalls, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5f out, led in centre course 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 9/2 touched 5/1
3rd (6) 8 Famous Name 9-0 P J Smullen D K Weld 7 15/8f
Raced wide 1st 2f, tracked leading trio, effort on outside 3f out, ridden and went 3rd moderate over 2f out, no chance with leading duo opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £900-£400 £2000-£1000 £800-£400(x2) £600-£300
4th (5) 8 Dubawi Gold 9-0 J P Murtagh Richard Hannon 4 5/2
Took keen hold, held up in rear and raced wide 1st 2f, headway to modest 4th inside final 3f, never involved opened 5/2 touched 11/4
5th (7) Libranno 9-0 R L Moore Richard Hannon 4 8/1
Raced wide 1st 2f, tracked leader until 5f out, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £9000-£1000
6th (2) 6 Cochabamba (IRE) 8-11 S De Sousa R A Teal 4 100/1
Led, stayed alone on inside in straight, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 2f out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR (4) Side Glance 9-0 Non Runner A M Balding 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.50 Tote Place: £2.80,2.80
Straight Forecast: £27.48 Exacta: £20.20 Swingers: 1&2:3.10 2&3:2.50 1&3:2.10

Placepot: £52.00, Pool: £75750.14, 1061.48 winning tickets
Quadpot: £8.50, Pool: £4878.77, 424.48 winning tickets

Verdict

PENITENT and Questioning had met earlier in the year at Doncaster and it was a very similar result here, despite the higher grade, with the former coming out on top. David O'Meara's charge travelled powerfully throughout and moved through to challenge for the lead on the bridle with two furlongs to run. He didn't exactly put the race to bed, edging to his right late on, but he always looked to be in charge. He seems to be thriving in his new surroundings and if he continues to be campaigned on ground with some give in, then he can add to this victory. It should be said that this wasn't the strongest race for the grade however. Questioning had franked the Doncaster form with a Newmarket win and he is a good yardstick for this race. He was given a more prominent ride here, but was still moving well turning for home. He battled hard when the winner moved alongside, but just couldn't find any more close home. There was a yawning gap back to the third home, which was the 116-rated Famous Name. He has a good record in April but came under pressure quite quickly here and never looked like featuring. He is yet to win above Group Three level, but this was a great opportunity with the ground not thought to be a problem; he blatantly hasn't run to his mark. His jockey commented that his mount handles soft ground, but this going was a different matter altogether; the form is to be treated with caution one cannot help but feel. Also disappointing was Dubawi Gold who was visibly restrained in the early stages. He tracked stablemate Libranno and Famous Name who took a more circuitous route early on. None of the three did any good mind you so it might have been a waste of time. He started to creep closer turning in but had a lot to do on ground far from ideal and he wasn't given a hard time when defeat was obvious. Libranno is a quick ground sprinter so this should at least have blown away some cobwebs, whilst Cochabamba is being campaigned at the wrong level.