Elegant Escape
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Thomas Patrick led for all but the final few yards, as Elegant Escape denied him in the Listed 188Bet Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown Park.

Just four went to post, but there was plenty of quality on show in this three-mile contest.

Thomas Patrick was the early leader from Elegant Escape, with Terrefort in third and then Coo Star Sivola.

The Aintree Festival winner Thomas Patrick, continued to lead, as they reached the Railway Fences, with Elegant Escape to his inner and then Coo Star Sivola and Terrefort.

With a circuit to race, Thomas Patrick led a bunched quartet, with perhaps three lengths covering the four.

Racing down the back for the final time, Thomas Patrick continued to lead and moved a couple of lengths clear, but made an error, allowing his rivals to close. At the next ditch, Terrefort blundered and dropped a couple of lengths off the back.

At the Railway Fences, Thomas Patrick led with Elegant Escape and Coo Star Sivola in striking distance, while Terrefort was coaxed back into contention, as they left the back and headed to the Pond fence.

Thomas Patrick was nudged along for the first time, with Coo Star Sivola looking a threat, but all four had their chances.

Turning for home, Thomas Patrick led two out, with his rivals almost all landing in unison, barely a length behind.

Terrefort backed out of it from that point, while Coo Star Sivola could not go on.

Heading to the last it was Thomas Patrick who led from Elegant Escape to his inside and the race appeared between the two. The leader jumped the better, but as so often happens on the Sandown hill, the complexion began to change.

Elegant Escape and Tom O’Brien began to rally and close and Thomas Patrick’s gallant effort, agonisingly fell short by half a length.

There was a gap back to Coo Star Sivola, who lacked the finishing speed between the final two fences, while Terrefort, who had made mistakes on the way round, petered out on the home bend.

Trainer Colin Tizzard will have been delighted by this performance from Elegant Escape, which brought up a double for the day.