Ed Dunlop's globetrotting star Red Cadeaux finished well-beaten as Neil Callan put the icing on what has proved to be a lucrative spell in Hong Kong by delivering Blazing Speed with a perfectly-timed challenge to land the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin.
Star novice Vautour will miss the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown after failing to sparkle in his final workout ahead of Tuesday's feature event.
Willie Mullins had intended running the brilliant JLT Novices' Chase winner against more experienced rivals in the two-mile Grade One, but will now rely on Champagne Fever (Ruby Walsh), Felix Yonger (Danny Mullins) and Twinlight (Paul Townend).
Sandown’s penultimate race on Saturday is a thirty grand handicap chase (5.00), and the two that make most appeal are Generous Ransom and Horizontal Speed, who sit at the top of the weights in a competitive little heat. It is hard to split the tightly-matched pair but the former just edges the verdict.
Today is all about celebrating the career and waving goodbye to AP McCoy as a jockey and he has two final rides for us to enjoy on his final day in the saddle. We preview all the main action from a top class and emotional day at Sandown Park this afternoon.