We see one of the season’s best performers in action at Sandown on Saturday, as SIRE DE GRUGY bids to extend his winning streak for this term to five.
Sandown Celebration Chase Tips
On a day which is sure to supply punters and racing fans with some thrilling action, the Grade 1, bet365 Celebration Chase may just top the lot.
Gary Moore’s superstar won the event 12 months ago at which point it was only ran as a Grade 2. He has over a stone in hand of all his rivals on Saturday and it seems a victory is inevitable. It will be a fine way to cap off a fantastic season and the odds of 2/5 are sure to go in before the off.
Claret Cloak and Special Tiara both represent decent place value and are sure to run well, whilst Pepite Rose is another who symbolises each-way value.
Sandown Gold Cup Chase Tips
The bet365 Gold Cup Chase is sure to be the most wide open and entertaining race of the day with twenty horses currently entered. Paul Nicholls’ Bury Parade is the current market leader and has been backed in to 8/1 from 10/1 with Ladbrokes. He was unlucky to finish second when hampered last time and this is a new trip again.
BURTON PORT was well-fancied for the Grand National at Aintree earlier this month before unseating early on and he has a serious chance with the champion jockey back on board.
Another who represents good value is Same Difference, who finished second in this a year ago and ran on well late on last time out. He won well at Cheltenham last year and will need to rekindle that form.
ARDKILLY WITNESS and Godsmejudge both stand out for me at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively. The former is in good form and moves up in trip, whilst the latter has finished first and second in the last two renewals of the Scottish National.
Both Rose Of The Moon and Poungach are worth small bets at slightly longer odds in what is sure to be an absolute thriller.
The Oaksey Chase is the first of the two listed contests at Sandown and it is a very interesting renewal with three current co-favourites. Menorah ran well for some distance behind Silvinaco Conti in a Grade 1 last time and beat Hunt Ball last season. For me, ROLLING ACES may well be the biggest danger. Paul Nicholls’ eight-year-old ran a great race when finishing second at Aintree last time and has strong claims.
Hunt Ball is the third of the favourites and finished in a strong fourth at Cheltenham two starts ago. He has claims on that form, however this is a hard one to call.
The Select Hurdle is the other of the two listed races and again, it is one that is sure to be a fantastic, competitive race. Southfield Theatre finished a close second in the Pertemps Final and the drop back in trip should suit.
Polly Peachum is the 9/4 second favourite and is progressing well of late. The only real concern is the soft ground; however she is sure to run a big race. Medinas is another who could take advantage of this race as he may of needed the run in the World Hurdle.
Sound Investment, Foundation Man and Ballincurrig all warrant huge respect in the penultimate race of the meeting. They have all ran well of late and should play a big part, with the difficult part picking which one will come out on top.
The last race is no different as far as betting is concerned and punters are likely to be in for a real tricky contest. Kaylif Aramis is the current 6/1 favourite with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes after two fine results at Aintree and Ascot either side of a fall.
He is sure to run well again for Nigel Twiston-Davies, whilst L’Unique and Phantom Prince are the other two who are of interest at tempting odds.
BETS OF THE DAY:
SIRE DE GRUGY @ 2/5 NAP
ROLLING ACES @ 9/4 NB
GOLD CUP TIPS:
ARDKILLY WITNESS @ 9/1
BURTON PORT @ 9/1
POUNGACH @ 16/1