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TOR­PILLO was the talk of Sandown yes­ter­day after gate-crash­ing the Tri­umph Hur­dle mar­ket.

Although an extra large con­ti­nen­tal quilt would have cov­ered the lead­ing trio ap­proach­ing the sec­ond-last flight, by the line the ex-French beast was a street clear. The of­fi­cial win­ning dis­tance was 23 lengths – and re­flected the test­ing na­ture of the go­ing.

Hav­ing his first run since join­ing the Nigel Twis­tonDavies yard after a win in the French Prov­inces, Tor­pillo was easy to back at 4-1, per­haps be­cause he was sport­ing a hood on his Bri­tish de­but.

But he jumped smoothly and looked very straight­for­ward in the hands of Daryl Ja­cob, as he came sur­pris­ingly clear given that he wasn’t ex­tended.

Hood

“Ob­vi­ously you are al­ways hope­ful they can do it like that when you send them to the races for the first time,” said Twis­ton-Davies. “I’ve no idea if it was down to the ground or not, it was his first run for us so whether he needs it like that we’ll find out.”

Ja­cob also ex­pressed the view that the heavy go­ing may have flat­tered his mount, adding: “He’s a fine, big, strap­ping three-year-old so he’s han­dled the ground

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