© Martin Lynch/Racing Post Saturday, Sandown, Britain
BET365 GORDON RICHARDS S.-G3
, £55,000, Sandown Park, 4-28, 4yo/up, 10f 7ydsT, 2:24.60, hy.
1--@COLOMBIAN (IRE), 126, c, 4, by Azamour (Ire)
1st Dam: Clodora (Fr) (GSW-Fr, $125,861), by Linamix (Fr)
2nd Dam: Cloche d'Or (GB), by Good Times (Ity)
3rd Dam: Chrysicabana (GB), by Home Guard
(20,000gns wnlg '08 TATDEC; €170,000 yrl '09 ARQAUG). O-H R H Princess Haya of Jordan; B-Smythson; T-John Gosden; J-William Buick; £31,191. Lifetime Record: SW & GSP-Fr, 10-3-1-3, £181,975. *1/2 to Clodovil (Ire) (Danehill), G1SW-Fr, $310,029. Werk Nick Rating: D. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 126, h, 7, Pivotal (GB)--Hyabella (GB), by Shirley Heights (GB). (250,000gns yrl '06 TATOCT). O-H E Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan; B-Meon Valley Stud; T-Clive Cox; £11,825.
3--Twice Over (GB)
, 126, h, 7, Observatory
--Double Crossed (GB), by Caerleon. O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms; T-Henry Cecil; £5,918.
Margins: 3, 6, 30. Odds: 10-3, 15-8, 6-4.
Also Ran: Sos Brillante (Chi), Lyssio (Ger), World Domination. Scratched: Al Kazeem (GB), Hunter's Light (Ire), Retrieve (Aus), Sri Putra (GB).Click for the Racing Post chart or the brisnet.com PPs. Video, courtesy Racing UK
This race was marred by a raft of withdrawals due to the preceding torrential rain, and it was Colombian who proved toughest when it came down to a slow-motion war of attrition on some of the deepest ground likely to be seen in Britain this season. Having mixed it with some of France's premier middle-distance performers last term, the grey managed a fourth in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June and third in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte the following month. Fourth in both the G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville in August and the G2 Prix Niel at Longchamp in September, he was second on a rare run in his native country in a 12-furlong conditions event at Leicester in October before registering a first black-type score in the Listed Grand Prix du Nord over 1 5/16mile at Le Croise-Laroche in November. Settled in second early by William Buick as Poet was rousted along to assume his habitual front-running tactics, he finally worried that rival out of it with a furlong remaining. Kept up to his work on the steep uphill climb to the line, Poet had no answer along with the bogged-down Twice Over, who was never able to get on terms.