The Young Master tipped to retain bet365 Gold Cup crown at Sandown Park

Neil Mulholland will unleash an exciting triumvirate at Saturday's bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park, and last year's winner The Young Master will spearhead his star trio in the end-of-season National Hunt showpiece, but while Mulholland's three runners currently sit at the head of the betting there is sure to be some lively adversaries in what is a wide open renewal.

  • The Young Master (2016) & Just A Par (2015) have won race before
  • Three of the last 10 winners have been aged 10 or older
  • Paul Nicholls has trained two of the last five winners

Saturday 29th April - 3.35pm OddsWon/LostBet
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Tips The Young Master to win    Best Bet @ 7 / 1  

The Young Master Best Of Mulholland Trio

A faller in the Grand National at Aintree earlier this month, The Young Master has been dropped 2lb by the handicapper and will run off 148, which was the mark he was victorious off in this race 12 months ago, and if that tumble on Merseyside hasn't left any mark then he has to be considered a leading player here, and at 7/1 with Paddy Power could be worth backing.

The Druids Nephew has struggled to land any sort of blow this season, and was last seen finishing seventh in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but at 8/1 with Coral he could be worth ignoring here, as he has often found it hard of late to get his head in front.

Doing Fine will complete Mulholland's trio, and is the emerging staying chasing talent at his yard, and he was last seen winning at Cheltenham earlier in the month, but while he has been well backed into 5/1 favourite with BetVictor for this race, this is a whole lot tougher than any race he has been involved with before, and he may just come up short against his stablemate The Young Master, who is a cracking bet here.

Henderson And Nicholls Lock Horns

Nicky Henderson is currently leading Paul Nicholls in the race for the National Hunt Trainers' Championship, but both heavyweight handlers will saddle some lively contenders here and the former will turn out Sugar Baron quickly from his first fence fall in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr last weekend, but at 8/1 with Ladbrokes is worth ignoring, as this may come too quick.

Vyta Du Roc is more interesting for the Seven Barrows trainer at 12/1 with Ladbrokes, as he has always shown potential in staying races, but will need a career best to figure here, so it maybe wise to veer down the Nicholls route, as he sends Just A Par to the race, who was victorious in the 2015 renewal.

Well beaten in the Grand National, Just A Par, who is 10/1 with Ladbrokes, showed a real liking for Sandown two years ago, and was a gallant runner-up behind The Young Master last year, so he could be the solid each-way play, while Present Man (14/1) adds significant depth to the Nicholls charge.

Best Of The Rest

Colin Tizzard's Theatre Guide can often crop up at big odds in competitive handicap chases, and at 20/1 with Betfred is another that could potential grab a place, while the likes of Whats Happening (16/1) and Rock The Kasbah (16/1) are just another brace of contenders that have the potential to run a positive race.

However, it's hard to look away from the Mulholland trio and it's The Young Master who is the selection and he can become the first horse since Ad Hoc to win two renewals of this National Hunt finale.

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Posted: Friday, 28th April 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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