Houblon tops Sandown weights

  • Last Updated: April 21 2014, 13:56 BST

Houblon Des Obeaux has been left at the head of the weights for Saturday's Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

Houblon Des Obeaux: Heads the weights for Sandown feature
Houblon Des Obeaux: Heads the weights for Sandown feature

Following the withdrawal of Tidal Bay, the weights are set to rise which will bring more runners into the handicap proper.

Other notable absentees include the Hennessy winner Triolo D'Alene, Tom Taaffe's Argocat, Night In Milan, Prince De Beauchene and Grand National fourth Alvarado - all of whom were prominent in the betting, ensuring a sizeable shake-up in the ante-post market.

Jim Culloty's Kim Muir winner Spring Heeled remains a possible, as does Burton Port, who was an early casualty in the Grand National.

The popular pair of Carruthers and Restless Harry could still run while Paul Nicholls' main hope appears to be Bury Parade.

Nicky Henderson could run Hadrian's Approach while Ardkilly Witness may represent Grand National winner Dr Richard Newland.

Godsmejudge is still in the mix for Alan King while the likes of Bally Legend, Midnight Appeal, Rigadin De Beauchene, Same Difference and Poungach are all engaged.

Roalco De Farges is the new 101 favourite with Sky Bet, ahead of Ardkilly Witness, Bury Parade and Same Difference at 12/1.