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bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase: Kitty's Light favourite for Sandown success

The bet365 Jump Finale takes place at Sandown Park on Saturday afternoon as the National Hunt season in Britain concludes and Kitty's Light will be aiming to finally win the bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

Kitty's Light gave trainer Christian Williams an emotional success last weekend as the Welsh-based handler won successive Scottish Grand Nationals at Ayr and his seven-year-old is turning out here seven days on to face 17 rivals in pursuit of the £90,000 to prize.

Watch all the action from bet365 Jump Finale meeting, as well as every race from the UK and Ireland, via our live Sports Streaming Service as we look ahead to an exciting afternoon from Sandown Park.

Whatbet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase
WhereSandown Park
When2.15, Saturday 29th April 2023
How to watchbet365 live Sports Streaming Service, ITV & Racing TV
OddsKitty's Light 7/2, Revels Hill 7/1, The Goffer 8/1, Enrilo 8/1, Annsam 10/1, Certainly Red 10/1, Frodon 11/1, Teal Clipper 11/1

Kitty's goes for Gold again

Despite being just seven-years-old, Kitty's Light appears to have been on the go for some considerable time and he's a 7/2 chance to win this race at the third attempt.

In 2021, Kitty's Light was viewed by many as the 'moral winner' after Potterman got the prize for Alan King.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Enrilo went by the post in first that year but only after causing repeated interference to Kitty's Light up the home straight.

Harry Skelton's mount was disqualified and placed third by the stewards but, to the dismay of Williams, Potterman had got the clearest of runs and was a short-head in front of Kitty's Light at the winning line, ensuring that he was awarded the race. It was some shocking luck, for sure.

Last year, Kitty's Light was a gallant third as Hewick won decisively for Shark Hanlon. That rival returns now, though this time 40 minutes later for the bet365 Oaksey Chase (2.50) where he's 6/4 to prevail.

The hugely-popular Kitty's Light returns to the Esher venue for the first time since and does so bidding for a famous spring treble of Eider Chase at Newcastle, Scottish National at Ayr and the bet365 Gold Cup.

This race comes seven days after Ayr but with no penalty to carry for that win, he's officially 6lb 'well-in' now and few would begrudge him a win in this race at the third attempt. He's got fine claims under regular partner Jack Tudor.

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Champion trainer carries triple threat

Nicholls will be crowned champion jumps trainer for the 14th time at Sandown and the Ditcheat supremo tends to play a strong hand at this meeting.

The aforementioned Enrilo is an 8/1 chance to lay to rest the ghost of 2021, though his form since in seven runs has not matched that effort. The handicapper has finally released him some rope and he's now down to a mark of 137, 6lb lower than when getting by the post first two years ago. Harry Cobden's partner was pulled up in this race 12 months ago.

Also representing Nicholls are Frodon (11/1) and Broken Halo (20/1), the mounts of Bryony Frost and Tom Buckley respectively.

The former needs no introduction. He's a King George winner and landed the Badger Ales at Wincanton earlier this season off a mark only 2lb lower than this. He has held his own in good company since and could be a real threat if seeing out journey at the first time of asking.

Broken Halo meanwhile has won successive three-mile amateur riders' races here this spring and while rising significantly in class, cannot be crossed off with confidence given his trainer.

Ultima pair worth noting

Last month's Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is turning out to be one of the hottest races of its kind this season.

Winner Corach Rambler of course went on to win the Grand National at Aintree, while runner-up Fastorslow this week delivered a knockout blow to no less than Bravemansgame and Galopin Des Champs in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

With that Cotswolds contest in mind The Goffer (fourth) and Tea Clipper (sixth) will be eye-catching to many.

Gordon Elliott's The Goffer (8/1) has some excellent form this season including a win at the Dublin Racing Festival and his last-time-out Irish Grand National run can be forgiven easily enough. Sean Bowen rides.

Tea Clipper (11/1) won at Chepstow over 2m3½f in Listed company on his chasing bow last season and has run some big races in defeat since at the likes of Cheltenham, Aintree and Ascot this season for Tom Lacey and Stan Sheppard. He's 2lb lower than he was in the Ultima.

Contenders queuing up for Gold

This field of 18 runners is laced with potential contenders outside of those already mentioned.

Trainer Harry Fry has Revels Hill (7/1) in the mix after a good second at Exeter over a similar trip last month. He shaped well over this C&D in December's London National, finishing fourth, and could still have more to come at marathon trips.

Evan Williams' Annsam (10/1) is a solid jumper with wins at Kempton and Ludlow in two of his last three starts and he could have a say if his stamina holds out at this new trip.

Moroder made it five chase wins in nine starts when scoring at Doncaster early last month for the Seamus Mullins team and the 16/1 chance is one that may relish the stamina-sapping trip despite rising in class now.

Philip Hobbs relies on Musical Slave (20/1), last year's runner-up now rated 4lb higher, while Ben Pauling's Mucho Mas (14/1) has notched wins at Lingfield and here (3m, soft) on his last two starts and looks sure to be capable of better still if this trip is within his reach.

It all sets up for a thrilling renewal of the historic bet365 Gold Cup, first run in 1957, and one of the key contests on Jump Finale Day at Sandown Park.

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