15:00 Sandown Fri 14 February 2020

  • Castel Royal Artillery Gold Cup (Class 3)
  • 3m 37y,
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner£7,986.002nd£2,477.003rd£1,238.004th£620.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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1212-10OR: 128CD

Regular in this race, winner of it in 2017 and 2018 and unseating when every chance last year; great effort to be third in the Sussex National last time out and looks primed for another crack at "his" Gold Cup race.

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812-5OR: 130BFD

Good handicapper that's at home over a variety of distances, back to form when runner-up at Leicester last time out; handles heavy ground fine, gets a useful 5lb from Rathlin Rose and if avoiding mistakes (which isn't always the case) has chances.

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1212-5OR: 126CDWS

Has a great record at the track, and won the Grand Military under this rider last March; not quite been at his best this term but a wind operation since last being seen and a short break should help; can never be ruled out at a "home" fixture.

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712-0OR: 125BFD

Form of his win on heavy ground at Uttoxeter last March would bring him into this, but since then he's thrown in a series of moderate efforts ans was most disappointing when favourite at Carlisle last time; hard to know what to expect.

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1012-0OR: 130D

Back in the groove over hurdles last two starts, runner-up at both Cheltenham and Wetherby in competitive handicaps; reverts to fences today, but of more of a worry is the ground, which may not be in his favour.

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1312-0OR: 92D

Plugged on for a distant fifth in the Grand Military here last March but overall level of form is nowhere near as good as a few of these, and not hard to look elsewhere for the winner.

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1312-0OR: 105D

Flew home for second in the Grand Military here last March (at a rewarding 150-1) and that isn't his only good effort in these Military races here either; likely to fall short again but could easily outrun huge odds despite advancing years.

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Last Year's Winner

Carlos Du Fruitier712-07/4
T: B PaulingJ: Miss B Hampson



Ozzy Thomas (9/4), Catamaran Du Seuil (7/2), Diger Daudaie (4/1), Le Reve (9/2), Rathlin Rose (6/1), Spanish Arch (16/1), Sentimentaljourney (25/1)


It wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see Le Reve bounce back to form at his favourite track as he comes here off the back of a wind operation, which could easily revive his fortunes, but RATHLIN ROSE ran right to his best form when third in the Sussex National last time and will no doubt be tuned to the minute to win a race he's won twice in recent years. Catamaran De Seuil tends to make mistakes which won't help his cause, and maybe Diger Daudaie may be the one for the minor money. Spanish Arch has twice outrun big odds in these races and could do so again if they go too quickly.
  1. Rathlin Rose
  2. Le Reve
  3. Diger Daudaie

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