Sandbaggedagain was probably one of me best buys ever. He was a cheap 'oss, and he cost just £550 in cash from Doncaster Sales in October 1995 as a yearling.
I liked him from the moment I saw him and there wasn't a lot of competition to buy him as he didn't have a fancy pedigree but he moved nice and I knew there was a good 'oss in there. He showed consistency from the start and was placed in six of his eight two year old runs. He lost his maiden tag at York in '97, where he won the 'Racing Channel Median Auction Maiden Stakes' ridden by Gyles Parkin. The Post described the win as 'very cheeky'!
I knew he needed a good trip and stepped up to two miles he was an even better horse. In 1998 he won the Turmeric Handicap at Catterick over two miles ridden by Stan Finnamore. I knew he'd win that day, we'd won the same race the year before when Frankie Dettori jumped off that wonderful old warrior Hasta La Vista and the crowd went mad, all twenty five of them.
Sandbagged was progressing nicely and we found a nice race at Ascot for him and booked the legendary Mick Kinane. He didn't disappoint and he romped home to win the Brown Jack Handicap by four lengths.
Sandbagged's final career win came at Chester's Roodeye in September 1998 when John Lowe just held on by a short head, winning off a mark of 74.
He wasn't so good jumping though and never placed in seven starts, but he did enjoy his flat racing. Sadly Sandbagged died at the age of seven after a bad injury at Newcastle in 2001.
Not many £550 horses win at York and Ascot, and Sandbagged will be affectionately remembered as one of me best bargain buys. He won over £42,000 in his career and goes to show you don't always have to spend lots of money and buy fancy pedigrees to have a nice 'oss.