Loose Chips
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Loose Chips was at his best, to ensure Charlie Longsdon won the 188Bet Pete The Feat Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Sandown Park.

Eleven went to post for this three-mile contest, including the Longsdon-trained 14 year-old Pete The Feat.

The tapes went up and it was Tenor Nivernais who set off in front of Loose Chips and Pete The Feat.

Loose Chips soon charged into a clear lead from Tenor Nivernais, Mendip Express and Rock Gone.

The leader took the Railway Fences with Tenor Nivernais and Mendip Express matching strides, as the field headed to the Pond Fence.

The eleven runners passed the stands, with Loose Chips leading Rock Gone, Mendip Express and then Tenor Nivernais, Vino Griego, Pete the Feat, Rathlin Rose and Carole’s Destrier, while Theatre Guide had raced last for much of the race.

Loose Chips headed out on the final circuit and looked slightly recalcitrant initially to do so.

Heading down the back for the final time, Loose Chips was three lengths clear of Mendip Express and Tenor Nivernais.

Over the Railway Fences, Loose Chips still led, while Tenor Nivernais had dropped to last.

Loose Chips raced to the Pond fence with a three length lead over Rock Gone and Mendip Express, with Rathlin Rose just behind these.

Turning for home, Loose Chips still held a handy lead, with Rock Gone and Rathlin Rose his pursuers and a gap back to Mendip Express.

But Loose Chips bound clear and took the last athletically, storming up the hill for a wonderful win.

Miles back in second was Rock Gone, with Court Frontier and Rathlin Rose fighting it out for third.

Charlie Longsdon, who trains Pete The Feat, will have been delighted by the run of the 12 year-old Loose Chips, who was landing his third win at Sandown Park.