15:00 Sandown

Saturday 4 January 2020

All12:1512:4513:2013:5014:2515:0015:35
  • Unibet Veterans' Handicap Chase (In Memory Of Houblon Des Obeaux)
  • Class 2  |   3m 37y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:00  |   Winning time: 6m 39.9s
1st
10
1111-0
3/1f
T: A J HoneyballJ: Rex Dingle (3)
Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 8th, led before 2 out, ridden clear when hampered by loose horse before last, hung right and strongly pressed run-in, stayed on gamely, all out tchd 11/4
2nd
sh
12
16/1
T: R H BucklerJ: Sean Houlihan (3)
Chased leader, led 3rd, ridden and headed before 2 out, chased winner and every chance run-in, just failed op 25/1
3rd
nk
5
16/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Held up towards rear, headway tracking leaders 15th, close 3rd bypassing omitted 3 out, went 3rd final 100 yards, stayed on well towards finish
4th
2 ¾
11
1210-10
10/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: R Johnson
Held up in rear, headway chasing leaders when hampered 16th, plugged on in 3rd, no extra in 4th final 100 yards tchd 9/1
5th
4 ½
13
11/2
T: R RoweJ: J M Davies
Mid-division, headway chasing leaders when badly hampered 16th, outpaced on long run after 18th, plugged on op 9/2 tchd 4/1
6th
1
7
16/1
T: A M HalesJ: Kielan Woods
Mid-division on inside, pushed along and outpaced 16th, plugged on op 20/1 tchd 22/1
7th
9 ½
2
10/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders 9th, jumped slowly and lost place 13th, never on terms after op 12/1
8th
1 ¼
3
20/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: R T Dunne
Led until 3rd, chased leader until approaching 8th, chased leaders, ridden bypassing omitted 3 out, weakened before 2 out op 22/1 tchd 25/1
9th
2 ½
9
12/1
T: L WadhamJ: L P Aspell
Mistake 6th, always rear-division, never on terms op 14/1
10th
3 ½
6
25/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond (3)
Always behind, never a factor
11th
1 ¾
8
14/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: J J Burke
Chased leaders on outside, weakened before bypassing omitted 3 out op 16/1

Also Ran

PU
1
16/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Adam Wedge
Held up towards rear of mid-division, never on terms, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out op 14/1
PU
4
7/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Held up towards rear, closer at 9th, weakened 12th, tailed off 18th, pulled up before 2 out op 8/1
UR
14
11/1
T: Nick WilliamsJ: Chester Williams (5)
Chased leaders until blundered and unseated rider 16th op 12/1 tchd 10/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£3.30Pl:£1.60, £5.60, £5.70EX:£47.70Trifecta:£900.20Tricast:£697.02SF:£53.15Swingers:£11.90, £15.50, £64.10

Forecasts

Jepeck (3/1), Dark Flame (11/2), Burtons Well (7/1), On Tour (10/1), Vieux Lion Rouge (10/1), Horatio Hornblower (11/1), Shanroe Santos (12/1), Wild West Wind (14/1), Regal Flow (16/1), Theatre Guide (16/1), Smooth Stepper (16/1), King's Odyssey (16/1), Carole's Destrier (20/1), Abolitionist (25/1)

Verdict

Plenty of candidates to take the honours and those with a sentimental bent will be rooting for Venetia Williams to take this with Burtons Well with the race being named after last year’s ill-fated winner Houblon Des Obeaux. He needs to bounce back from a poor run last time as does On Tour who was placed in this last year. Dark Flame was second past the post in a void race here last time but his return run gives him a chance if he doesn’t hit a flat spot. JEPECK looks to have been saved for this though having run over hurdles of late his second to Scottish National winner Takingrisks reads well. King’s Odyssey and Smooth Stepper 1-2 at Warwick last time should also enter calculations.
  1. Jepeck
  2. Smooth Stepper
  3. King's Odyssey

Previous Winners

2019
Houblon Des Obeaux
Weight: 11-3  |Age: 12
7/1

Prize Money

1st: £61,900.002nd: £18,380.003rd: £9,190.004th: £4,580.005th: £2,300.006th: £1,160.007th: £580.008th: £280.00
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