Sandridge horse is 100/1 winner

A 100/1 outsider in a race at Wolverhampton this week is the toast of the village pub after which he is named.

Queens Sandridge is owned by former St Albans businessman John Stocker and is named after his local, the Queen’s Head pub in Sandridge.

Against all the odds, the rank outsider romped home in the 2.45 at Wolverhampton on Monday to win on only his third outing since John bought him at a sale in Newmarket.

Two previous runs at Windsor and Newmarket had not been particularly successful. Now the two-year-old bay colt is on a promise – if he wins the Derby pub landlord Sam Amodio has promised the horse lifetime access to the Queen’s Head and unlimited pints of beer.

John, who lives in Wheathampstead, has always owned horses and they all run in St Albans colours, royal blue with yellow crossbelts.

He sized up Queens Sandridge at the Newmarket sale with his trainer and thought he looked a good horse.

“He ran well and I bought him for 50,000 guineas and thought he would justify that,” he explained.

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Queens Sandridge’s success came in a maiden race and he will be racing again in a couple of weeks.

John added: “A lot of people in Sandridge follow my horses.”