Sandown round-up: Pete will not hear of defeat for Longsdon and Burke

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Watch the closing stages of the Matchbook Racing Is Commission Free Handicap Chase and Lydia Hislop's intrview with Jonathan Burke.

By staff

Pete The Feat was all heart and guts at Sandown on Saturday to deny Horatio Honblower and secure his 12th career success i.

The 14-year-old was pulled up at Exeter on his previous start but gained his second victory at the course this season with a heartwarming triumph under Jonathan Burke in the Matchbook Racing Is Commission Free Handicap Chase.

Despite being pressed all the way up the run-in, the Charlie Longsdon-trained 9-1 shot found just enough to repel Horatio Hornblower by a neck.

Longsdon said: "I was almost shedding a tear when I was speaking to the television. He just as hard as nails and he loves Sandown.

"He ran a shocker at Exeter but he saves everything for Sandown. That (Veterans' Final) will be the plan.

"We might as well dream to go for it again and there is no need to retire him after that.

"He gets into a nice rhythm here. He jumps from fence to fence and sticks his neck down.

"The stands were all cheering for him as he came through. It makes you tingle down the spine and shiver. What a star he has been."

Sam's Gunner (12-1) gave trainer Mick Easterby a rare winner at the track in the European Breeders' Fund Matchbook VIP "National Hunt" Novices Handicap Hurdle Final.

Having jumped the last with eventual runner-up Dentley De Mee, the five-year-old made light work of the testing conditions to claim the Grade Three prize by seven lengths.

Winning jockey Will Kennedy said: "He saw it out really well. I got good instructions. He is a young horse with a big future.

"I was told not to get in with the hustle and bustle early to give him a chance to find his feet. This was D-Day for this season but not D-Day for the rest of his career.

"He has come up really strongly on that ground. It's a long way from the bottom of the home straight but I didn't want to go round the outside to get a run.

"He is very exciting."

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