Bet365 Gold Cup Preview – 29th April 2017
The Bet365 Gold Cup has been proven to be a brilliant way to bring the curtain down on the National Hunt season over the years.
Excitingly for those heading to Sandown for this year’s renewal, we have the additional storyline of the battle for the jumps trainers’ title.
At the time of writing, Nicky Henderson has the edge over Paul Nicholls but the winner of the title could go all the way down to the Bet365 Gold Cup in which both have competitive entries.
Before we get into the meat of picking a winner, let’s get some background on the race and the key stats at play.
The Grade 3 chase is open to horses aged five or older and we’ve seen horses from six to 11 win the race at Sandown.
With a distance of three miles, five and a half furlongs, it’s clear that horses must have displayed a certain amount of stamina previously to have a chance of winning the Bet365 Gold Cup.
It’s interesting to note, however, that a failure to win at the exact distance has not been a major roadblock to success. Just make sure to support horses with previous form over at least three miles.
The final thing to note is the poor record that favourites have in the race. Only one shortest priced horse has won in the last 20 years which is not great news for connections of The Young Master who is the favourite at a general 7/1.
Supporters of The Young Master will point out that he is as well placed as any favourite to get the win having won the race last season. The trouble is, the eight-year-old has a poor record in his four runs since and he’ll need a big upturn in fortunes to get the better of this field.
If you want to back a previous winner of the Bet365 Gold Cup we’d advise supporting Just A Par at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
The 10-year-old is one of Paul Nicholls’ horses in the running and the trainer is expecting good things. Like The Young Master, Just A Par had a crack at the Grand National last month but he managed to make it round over all the fences and just found the trip too much to be competitive at the front.
This trip and the good ground that is normally found at Sandown will suit Just A Par down to a tee and it would be no surprise to see another huge run from him.
Just A Par is not the only Nicholls charge with a very good chance of claiming the winning prize. The chances of Southfield Theatre must be taken seriously if the markets are anything to go by.
The nine-year-old’s form doesn’t exactly jump off the page but those in the know clearly believe that his lack of a win for over two years means that he’s been generously treated by the handicapper.
There’s no question that he’ll need a big improvement on recent form but if the money coming in to support him is right, Southfield Theatre could be about to secure a surprise win at 10/1 with Coral.
There is some very interesting racing this weekend. If you are looking to get stuck into it, make sure to head over to our homepage where you can take your pick of our huge collection of free bets and enhanced odds offers to give your betting a boost.