Bet365 Gold Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Sandown, 28 April 2018
As April draws to a close, so too does the British National Hunt season. It is Sandown Park which provides a fitting finale each year, with the Saturday card that marks the official end of the season. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for one of the highlights of the finale meeting; The Bet365 Gold Cup.
This 3m 5½f handicap chase was first run at Sandown in 1957. Open to runners aged five and older, the contest now offers £150,000 in total prize money.
Bet365 Gold Cup Betting Tips 2018
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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Bet365 Gold Cup Betting Tips and Race Preview 2018
Sandown is the host for the pick of the racing as the National Hunt season draws to a close this weekend. Punters have their pick of a high class card but for many the best race is the Bet365 Gold Cup. This Grade 3 is up there with the most competitive handicaps of the season.
Run over three miles, five furlongs, the Bet365 Gold Cup has 24 fences to be jumped in running and given the test of stamina that it poses there is often a significant crossover between the field assembled at Sandown and the Grand National. With a full strength 20 horses set to compete on Saturday, punters have plenty of options in a race made for each way betting.
More Disappointment on the Cards for Blaklion’s Connections
Blaklion is both top weight and the favourite for the Bet365 Gold Cup. Although connections would be delighted to see him triumph at Sandown it would come as scant consolation after the huge disappointment of the Grand National.
Nigel Twiston-Davies did all he could to prepare Blaklion for another crack at the Grand National but could only watch on with horror as he was brought down at the very first fence. Although the nine-year-old has the ability to bounce back at Sandown, it may be a different group of disappointed connections who have redemption on Saturday.
The Young Master Good Value on Return to Sandown
The Young Master was targeted for the Scottish Grand National rather than Aintree and connections were quietly confident he could have an impact at Ayr. Unfortunately, like Blaklion, The Young Master’s hopes were over after the first fence.
Neil Mullholland believes that The Young Master is finally back at the levels he reached when winning the Bet365 Gold Cup in 2016. A wind operation seems to have helped no end and were it not for unseating his rider, he could well have been a feature at Ayr.
Mullholland has given his nine-year-old an easy time of it at home following his trip to Scotland and believes he’ll relish the good ground at Sandown. The joint bottom weight horse in the race, The Young Master looks very good value at 12/1 with Ladbrokes.
Rathlin Rose Ready for Another Good Sandown Showing
David Pipe probably hopes the National Hunt season could go on for another few weeks. His yard have hit form towards the end of the season which could be very good news for backers of Rathlin Rose on Saturday
The 10-year-old fell last time out in the Topham Chase but he arrived at Aintree on the back of a very good run of form. The step up to three mile, five furlongs is something Rathlin Rose will have to overcome but he’s looked very strong in the latter stages of his performances in recent months. Providing he’s in the mix late on, Rathlin Rose could just kick on to grab at least a place at a tempting price of 16/1 with Betfred.
Bet365 Gold Cup Previous Winners
- 2017 – Henllan Harri – jockey Sean Bowen, trainer Peter Bowen
- 2016 – The Young Master – jockey Mr Sam Waley-Cohen, trainer Neil Mulholland
- 2015 – Just A Par – jockey Sean Bowen, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2014 – Hadrian’s Approach – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2013 – Quentin Collonges – jockey Andrew Tinkler, trainer Henry Daly
- 2012 – Tidal Bay – jockey Daryl Jacob, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2011 – Poker de Sivola – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer Ferdy Murphy
- 2010 – Church Island – jockey Adrian Heskin, trainer Michael Hourigan
- 2009 – Hennessy – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Carl Llewellyn
- 2008 – Monkerhostin – jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Philip Hobbs
- 2007 – Hot Weld – jockey, trainer Ferdy Murphy
Bet365 Gold Cup History
First making its appearance on the racing calendar in 1957, this stamina sapping event has been run at Sandown every year barring 1973 when it was transferred to Newcastle.
This contest has the distinction of being the first to benefit from commercial sponsorship. Whitbread Brewers already had something of a racing connection through its chairman, Colonel Bill Whitbread, who had ridden in the Grand National, and they duly lent their backing to this race.
The contest became known to many a racing fan simply as “The Whitbread”, before the long running sponsorship came to an end in 2001. Various companies have since lent their support to the event, with Bet365 taking over in 2008.
This wouldn’t really be a top class staying chase without the names of legendary duo, Arkle and Desert Orchid appearing on the roll of honour. With multiple victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and King George VI between them, the pair duly make an appearance. Arkle prevailing here in 1965 and Desert Orchid in 1988. Arkle’s win was particularly noteworthy given the welter burden he carried to success. Even a record 12st7lbs wasn’t enough to stop the classiest chaser of them all.
Other notable winners include Mill House (1967), who had previously landed the hat trick of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Hennessy Gold Cup and King George VI Chase in 1963. Mr Frisk meanwhile was clearly in a rich vain of form in 1990 as the Kim Bailey runner took this just three weeks after his famous success in the Grand National.
Previous form has at times proved a useful pointer when looking for the winner. Larbawn (1968, 1969), Diamond Edge (1979, 1981), Topsham Bay (1992, 1993) and Ad Hoc (2001,2003) are all dual winners of the race. No horse has yet won it three times.
Fulke Walwyn is comfortably ahead at the top of the list of most successful trainers here, winning the race seven times between the years of 1958 and 1984. Ron Barry rode Charlie Potheen (1973) and The Dikler (1974) to success for Walwyn, and having also triumphed aboard Taxidermist (1971), he leads the way in the jockeys ranks.