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.
“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