Sporting John was back to winning ways with an impressive performance in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novice Chase at Sandown on Saturday.
Richard Johnson who partnered the son of Getaway settled his mount in rear before getting closer to the leaders three from home, he mounted his challenged approaching the last and kept on strongly to lead on the run-in.
The JP McManus owned gelding was last seen when finishing third to Fiddlerontheroof at Exeter in November.
The gelding started his career between the flags when winning his point-to-point maiden at Borris for handler Matty Flynn O’Connor. The gelding was subsequently sold to Kieran McManus at the Cheltenham Festival sale for £160,000.
ðŸš€ Sporting John is back!— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 6, 2021
What a performance from the @PJHobbs1-trained six-year-old who gets off the mark over fences in the Grade One Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at @Sandownpark under @dickyjohnson77
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