Bold Sir Brian (right) tackles Pacha Du Polder in their Sandown showdownPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Bold Sir Brian secures Scots Sandown success
Report: Sandown, Friday
Sportingbet Future Stars Chase (Intermediate Race) (Listed) 3m½f, 4yo+
THE long journey south from snow and ice-struck Scotland proved well worthwhile for Lucinda Russell and Bold Sir Brian, who had more than enough about him see off his three opponents at Sandown.
The six-year-old lived up to his name with a striking round of jumping, mixing daring leaps with novicey errors, including a near-terminal blunder at the last fence in the back stretch.
He remained standing, however, and despite some apparent confusion between horse and rider at the second last - when Peter Buchanan seemed to decide against a bold leap at the very last second - the Russell runner comfortably saw off the challenge of Pacha Du Polder and ran out an impressive 16-length winner.
"We're very privileged to have anything to do with him," said Russell.
"I entered him for the King George, but I thought it might come too soon. I'm very pleased with that though," she added.
Buchanan said: "He has a big engine and he's very exciting. We've thought the world of him from the start, and he's as good as I've sat on - he's got ad much potential as any, anyway.
Also at Sandown on Friday . . .
Taquin Du Seuil (left) and Le Bec clear the final flight together in Grade 2PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle (Registered as Winter Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 2m4f, 4yo+
TAQUIN DU SEUIL ran out an easy winner of the Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Sandown, although it was a race with just four rivals and little pace.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained favourite was clearly the best in the race and travelled serenely under champion jockey Tony McCoy, tucking behind the front-runners before cruising to the front in the home stretch.
He drew alongside Emma Lavelle's Le Bec over the second-last flight of hurdles before pulling away leisurely after the last.
Whether the form will stand up to scrutiny over the coming months is debatable, but taken at face value Taquin Du Seuil's win paid a compliment to the Nicky Henderson-trained My Tent Or Yours, who won when the two met at Ascot in early November.
Paddy Power cut My Tent Or Yours to 14-1 (from 20) for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and introduced Taquin Du Seuil to their Neptune market at 16-1.
Jonjo O'Neill said: "It was a funny race, but he's nice - the best novice I've got, and by a long way, more's the pity. I didn't think he'd mind the ground, but he shows plenty of pace at home and I thought he might not want it that heavy."
"We'll put him in the Challow and the Tolworth," he added.
Paul Nicholls' Southfield Theatre was a well-beaten third, while Up And Go of Donald McCain had a tired fall late on from which horse and jockey emerged unscathed.
Captain Cardington (left) narrowly leads the way from Valco De TouzainePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Toll House Juvenile Hurdle 2m½f, 3yo who have not won more than three hurdles races
CAPTAIN CARDINGTON fought off the challenge of the well-fancied Valco De Touzaine to land the spoils for trainer Sheena West and jockey Marc Goldstein.
Having been taken along at a good pace by Shamrocked, Captain Cardington took over as that rival tired with Valco De Touzaine, who was making his British debut on his first run for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, on his heels.
They jumped the second last together but Captain Cardington had enough in the tank to keep the French recruit at bay and return the 7-1 winner for the Tapestry Partnership.
The Nick Gifford-trained Dollar Bill, owned by Carla Kyle, wife of TV talk-show host Jeremy, came third after Another Sensation and Tony McCoy crashed out at the last when trying to creep into contention.