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Sandown

Sat, 28th Apr 2012
15:10
bet365 Gold Cup Chase (Grade 3 Handicap), 3m 5f 110y
20 Runners (5YO plus) (Class 1) Total Prize Fund - £150000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Tidal Bay (IRE) (16J)
11 b g Flemensfirth (USA) - June's Bride (IRE) (Le Moss)
6U-3254 Andrea & Graham Wylie

11-12  
154

8/1
D A Jacob
P F Nicholls

Has won five hurdle races and six chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Finished 20l behind Big Buck's when fourth of 8 at 14-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Bgc Partners Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree over 3m (good to soft).

2 Deep Purple (GB) (2052F, 14J)
11 b g Halling (USA) - Seal Indigo (IRE) (Glenstal (USA))
U34-1FP Mr Paul Green

11-10  
152

14/1
Paul Moloney
Evan Williams

Has won five hurdle races and seven chases from 2m to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Pulled up at the 20th when 25-1 in the Group 3 John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree over 4m 4f (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Neptune Collonges earlier this month on his latest outing.

3 West End Rocker (IRE) (14J)
10 b g Grand Plaisir (IRE) - Slyguff Lord (IRE) (Lord Americo)
1PB-P1F Mr Barry Winfield & Mr Tim Leadbeater

11-7  
149

13/2
W Hutchinson
A King

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 3m to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Fell at the 2nd when 16-1 in the Group 3 John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree over 4m 4f (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Neptune Collonges earlier this month on his latest outing.

4 Rare Bob (IRE) (570F, 14J)
10 b g Bob Back (USA) - Cut Ahead (Kalaglow)
45053B D A Syndicate
Visor

11-3  
145

16/1
P J Brennan
D T Hughes

He has won four chases from 2m 4f to 3m 1f on soft and heavy ground. Brought down when 40-1 in the Group 3 John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree over 4m 4f (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Neptune Collonges earlier this month on his latest outing.

5 Galaxy Rock (IRE) (7J)
8 b g Heron Island (IRE) - Blue Pool (Saddlers' Hall (IRE))
31P43P Michael & John O'Flynn
Blinkers

11-2  
144

7/1
D C Costello
Jonjo O'Neill

Has won four hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 3m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Pulled up 2 out when 9-1 in the Group 3 Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase at Ayr over 4m (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Merigo earlier this month on his latest outing.

6 Tullamore Dew (IRE) (2155F, 14J)
10 ch g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Heather Point (Pollerton)
94U20P Give Every Man His Due
Cheek pieces

11-0  
142

25/1
D F O'Regan
N J Gifford

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m 1f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Pulled up 3 out when 16-1 at Aintree over 3m 1f (good) in a chase won by Saint Are earlier this month on his latest outing.

7 Le Beau Bai (FR) (70J)
9 b g Cadoudal (FR) - Dame Blonde (FR) (Pampabird)
0P7113 Glass Half Full
Blinkers

10-12  
140

11/2
J E Moore
R Lee

Has won three hurdle races, two NH flat races and six chases from 2m to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Third of 14 behind Giles Cross beaten 11l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock over 3m 4f (heavy) in February. Has won twice at Chepstow this season.

8 Dover's Hill (GB) (49J)
10 b g Pistolet Bleu (IRE) - Classic Beauty (IRE) (Fairy King (USA))
11-U861 Mrs Richard Hambro
Tongue strap

10-11  
139

12/1
S Thomas
Mrs Mary Hambro

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 2m 5f to 3m 1f on good to firm and good ground. A winner at 8-1 in a chase here over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Ballyfoy by a neck.

9 Ouzbeck (FR) (2113F, 35J)
10 b g Denham Red (FR) - Volodia (FR) (Dhausli (FR))
80-5432 Axom Vii

10-10  
138

10/1
D Elsworth
Miss E C Lavelle

Has won two hurdle races and six chases from 2m to 3m 4f on good to firm and good ground. Beaten 4 1/2l by Ikorodu Road when second of 10 at 15-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Newbury over 3m 2f (good) last month.

10 Swing Bill (FR) (2713F, 14J)
11 gr g Grey Risk (FR) - Melodie Royale (FR) (Garde Royale)
13P200 Mr D A Johnson
Cheek pieces

10-10  
138

20/1
T J Murphy
D Pipe

Winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 2m 1f to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Well beaten at 100-1 behind Neptune Collonges when 10th of 40 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree over 4m 4f (good).

11 Vic Venturi (IRE) (14J)
12 ch g Old Vic - Carmen Lady (Torus)
B-2110R Mr J P Dunne
Visor

10-9  
137

25/1
J M Maguire
D T Hughes

Winner of three hurdle races and four chases from 2m 1f to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Refused at the 19th when 80-1 in the Group 3 John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree over 4m 4f (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Neptune Collonges on his latest outing.

12 Viking Blond (FR) (14J)
7 ch g Varese (FR) - Sweet Jaune (FR) (Le Nain Jaune (FR))
143P5F Mrs Caroline Mould
Blinkers

10-7  
135

20/1
William Twiston-Davies (7)
N A Twiston-Davies

He has won two hurdle races and a chase from 2m 7f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Fell when 80-1 in the Group 3 John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree over 4m 4f (good) in a Grade 3 chase won by Neptune Collonges earlier this month on his latest outing.

13 Roalco De Farges (FR) (14J)
7 gr g Dom Alco (FR) - Vonaria (FR) (Vorias (USA))
136251 The Brushmakers

10-6  
134

12/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 9-5fav at Chepstow over 3m (good to soft) earlier this month, beating Leg Iron by 5l. Has also won at Newbury this season.

14 Enter Paradise (IRE) (43J)
8 ch g Moscow Society (USA) - Cappamore Girl (IRE) (Commanche Run)
11-121U The Four Minutes Of Madness Partnershi

10-6  
134

25/1
D Crosse
C J Mann

A winner of a chase at 3m on good to soft ground. Unseated rider when 25-1 at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good) in a chase won by Salsify last month on his latest outing. Has won at Fakenham and Tabley this season.

15 Major Malarkey (IRE) (42J)
9 b g Supreme Leader - Valley (IRE) (Flemensfirth (USA))
U5-54P2 Baker Dodd & Cooke

10-5  
133

15/2
S Twiston-Davies
N A Twiston-Davies

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m 5f to 3m on good and good to soft ground. Beaten 3/4l by Master Overseer when second of 16 at 14-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Uttoxeter over 4m 1f (good to soft) last month.

16 Any Currency (IRE) (7J)
9 b g Moscow Society (USA) - Native Bavard (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
2-3P478 Cash Is King
Eye Shield

10-3  
131

20/1
Aidan Coleman
M Keighley

Successful in two chases at 3m on good ground, but last win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 25-1 behind Merigo when eighth of 24 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase at Ayr over 4m (good).

17 Aldertune (IRE) (49J)
8 ch g Alderbrook - Frankies Tune (IRE) (Accordion)
24P222 Mrs Bunty Millard
Tongue strap

10-1  
129

14/1
Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m 1f to 3m on good and soft ground. Beaten 1l by Cool Friend when second of 8 at 3-1 on his latest outing in a chase here over 2m 4f (good) last month.

18 Knighton Combe (GB) (27J)
12 b g Midnight Legend - Cindercombe (Ra Nova)
148461 Mr I R Snowden
Cheek pieces

10-0  
127

25/1
Brendan Powell (5)
Jamie Snowden

Winner of six chases from 2m 6f to 3m 7f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 5-2fav at Ascot over 3m (good) earlier this month, beating Fabalu by 1l. Has also won at Uttoxeter this season.

19 Free World (IRE) (167J)
10 b g Luso - Paddy's Dancer (Paddy's Stream)
7-412PP Mr Malcolm C Denmark

10-0  
123

33/1
T Scudamore
W Greatrex

He has won a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 2m 7f on good to firm and good ground. Pulled up having jumped the last when 33-1 at Fontwell over 3m 4f (soft) in a chase won by Giles Cross in November last year on his latest outing.

20 Ethiopia (GB) (11J)
9 b g Silver Patriarch (IRE) - Anhaar (Ela-mana-mou)
413PF4 Mr Nick Elliott
Blinkers

10-0  
118

66/1
James Best (5)
R H Buckler

Winner of a hurdle race and six chases from 3m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Sea Saffron when fourth of 9 on his latest outing in a chase at Exeter over 3m 6f (good) earlier this month. Has won 3 times this season.

Race Verdict

A number of these that are interestingly treated are likely to have their chance scuppered by the testing conditions, notably Ouzbeck and Dover's Hill. The latter has clearly been laid out for this and would have been the choice but is clearly better suited to quicker underfoot conditions. Stamina seems sure to win the day and this relatively ordinary renewal offers WEST END ROCKER the chance to atone for an early Grand National departure. Trip and ground are fine for Alan King's stout stayer. Tidal Bay will be interesting if taking to this and makes the shortlist alongside assured stayer Le Beau Bai and Irish raider, Rare Bob, who sports a first-time visor.

Selection: West End Rocker        Danger: Tidal Bay        Alternative: Dover's Hill
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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