15:35 Sandown

Saturday 27 April 2019

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bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Class 1  |   3m 4f 166y  |   Good (Good to Firm in Places)  |   15 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 15:35  |   Winning time: 7m 15.8s

1
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: J McGrath |  T: N J Henderson|  OR: 160
9/1

Strong staying chaser who side-stepped a tilt at the Scottish Grand National (ground); on a hat-trick following back-to-back Cheltenham wins, including in the Ultima Handicap Chase (3m1f, soft); competes off a 9lb higher mark.

3
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: R Johnson |  T: P J Hobbs|  OR: 152
12/1

Finished tired when beaten 13L by Step Back in this race 12-months ago (good to soft); also on the premises when sixth to Henllan Harri in 2017; 5lb above his last winning mark; brought down at the 18th in the Grand National.

4
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: Bryony Frost |  T: P F Nicholls|  OR: 150WS
14/1

Front-runner; took the Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton (3m1f, good) for the second year in succession in November; 6lb higher in the weights, albeit only 3lb higher than when finishing 27L third to Step Back in this race last year; stamina?

6
Age: 10|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Aidan Coleman |  T: Miss R Curtis|  OR: 145
16/1

Built upon a Newbury win (2m7½f) when gamely springing a 33/1 shock in the 2018 Scottish Grand National (4m, good); has followed a broadly similar path this season - took in the Aintree version (pulled up); stern test off an elevated mark.

7
Step Backp,t121
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Nico de Boinville |  T: M Bradstock|  OR: 145|  CD
10/1

Rated 10lb higher than when winning this race in a canter by 13L in 2018 (Rock The Kasbah second, Present Man third); raced prominently in the Grand National until weakening from Becher's (pulled up); on the way back to form?

8
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Wayne Hutchinson |  T: A King|  OR: 145|  BF
7/1

First season chaser; odds-on winner of a 3m match race at Doncaster (good) in January; ran a reasonably solid race on handicap debut at Kempton (3m, Gr 3) when finishing a weakening 9+L fifth of ten to Walt; first start beyond 3m.

9
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: James Best |  T: P J Hobbs|  OR: 143
16/1

Stablemate of Rock The Kasbah; hasn't won over fences since his novice days; consistent this season with particularly solid efforts at Cheltenham (3m2f Gr3) and at Taunton (3m4f) - beaten a head by Samuel Jackson; some rain would suit.

10
Age: 10|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: D A Jacob |  T: N J Henderson|  OR: 143|  C
25/1

Stablemate of Beware The Bear; just failed when beaten a head by Henllan Harri off a 6lb lower mark in this race in 2017; jumped well and ploughed through the mud to score by 22L at Cheltenham (3m2f) on New Year's Day 2018; below-par this season.

11
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: H Cobden |  T: P F Nicholls|  OR: 143
7/1

Stablemate of Present Man and Adrien Du Pont; lightly-raced, returning to action from 15-months off when finishing 12L fourth to Classic Ben over 3m here (soft) in February; beaten when falling at the last in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

12
Age: 10|  Weight: 10-8  |  J: Mr S Waley-Cohen |  T: N P Mulholland|  OR: 142|  CD
8/1

Narrowly missed the cut for the Grand National; short-head winner of this race in 2016 (good) - finished in the ruck in both subsequent years; keeping on 7¼L third to Any Second Now in the Kim Muir (3m2f) at Cheltenham; hardy.

13
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. |  T: C L Tizzard|  OR: 141
5/1

Has raced over hurdles for much of this campaign, seeing the back of Stayers Hurdle hero Paisley Park on three occasions (best effort in the JLT Hurdle at Ascot; 3m in December); chasing mark more lenient; handles good ground.

16
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-3  |  J: Adam Wedge |  T: Evan Williams|  OR: 137
20/1

Steadily getting his act together over fences with experience; solid efforts in the Welsh Grand National Trial (2½L runner-up to Ramses De Teillee), and also when 18L fourth to Potters Corner in the Midlands Grand National (4m2f); needs rain.

17
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-2  |  J: S Bowen |  T: H Fry|  OR: 136
7/1

Kicked off over fences with back-to-back wins at Uttoxeter (2m6½f) and Exeter (3m); ran well when finishing 3½L second to today's rival Adrien Du Pont at Kempton in December; arrives relatively fresh after a midfield finish in the Kim Muir (3m2f).

19
Age: 11|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: T Scudamore |  T: D Pipe|  OR: 133|  C
40/1

3m winner on each of his first three starts at Sandown Park (form figures here since read 2,P,4,10,U,7); back to form with a win in a veterans' race at Ascot (3m, good) late last month; ninth of 23 in the 4m Scottish Grand National since.

20
Age: 11|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: Maxime Tissier |  T: Mrs L Wadham|  OR: 132|  C|  D
16/1

Veteran course specialist; close third to Just A Par in this race in 2015 (pulled-up in 2016 and 2017); soft ground winner of the 3m Grand Military Gold Cup here six-weeks ago; impossible to dismiss definitively, albeit others are more appealing.

Non-Runners

2
Yala Enki43
Weight: 11-7|  Age: 9
T: Miss V Williams  J: Charlie Deutsch
15
Ballydine42
Weight: 10-5|  Age: 9
T: C E Longsdon  J: James Bowen
14
Flying Angel22
Weight: 10-7|  Age: 8
T: N A Twiston-Davies  J: Sam Twiston-Davies
18
Captain Chaos44
Weight: 10-1|  Age: 8
T: D Skelton  J: Harry Skelton
5
Adrien Du Pont22
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 7
T: P F Nicholls  J: Nick Scholfield
Betting

Forecast

West Approach (5/1), Talkischeap (7/1), Give Me A Copper (7/1), Just A Sting (7/1), The Young Master (8/1), Beware The Bear (9/1), Step Back (10/1), Rock The Kasbah (12/1), Present Man (14/1), Rolling Dylan (16/1), Le Reve (16/1), Captain Chaos (16/1), Adrien Du Pont (16/1), Joe Farrell (16/1), Prime Venture (20/1), Yala Enki (20/1), Ballydine (20/1), Flying Angel (20/1), Vyta Du Roc (25/1), Rathlin Rose (40/1)

Verdict
A maximum turnout with the first three finishers from 2018 again locking horns, namely Step Back (rated 10lb higher), Rock The Kasbah (5lb above his last winning mark) and Present Man (good ground will suit). Others with history in the race are Vyta Du Roc (second in 2017), Le Reve (third in 2015) and The Young Master (winner in 2016), with the latter of some interest on a sound surface. Unexposed youngsters include Talkischeap, Adrien Du Pont and Just A Sting. However, with just enough rain in the forecast, ROLLING DYLAN ticks plenty of the required boxes and won't be found wanting for stamina reserves.
  1. Rolling Dylan
  2. Adrien Du Pont
  3. The Young Master

Previous Winners

2018
Step Back
Weight: 10-0  |Age: 8
Weight: 10-0  |  
Age: 8  |  
J: J E Moore
  |  
T: M Bradstock
7/1
Prize Money
1st:
£84,405.00
2nd:
£31,800.00
3rd:
£15,915.00
4th:
£7,950.00
5th:
£3,990.00
6th:
£1,995.00
7th:
£990.00
8th:
£510.00

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