Horse Betting: Sandown Gold Cup Chase
Le Beau Bai will relish conditions and can land the final big pot of the jumping season
With the last major staying chase of the jumps racing season on this weekend at Sandown, Timeform run the ruler over the field.
Tidal Bay is a classy performer who is more renowned for his very difficult nature, be it over hurdles or fences. Jumping went to pieces on only previous visit to Sandown.
Deep Purple showed unsuspected stamina reserves when winning C&D handicap (good to soft) on return. Only raced twice since, not taking to the National fences last time. This could be too much of a test.
West End Rocker was the impressive winner of heavy-ground Becher Chase in December. Came to grief early in the National last time, but still fresh if that hasn't left a mark, and goes well for this rider.
Rare Bob is well handicapped and ran well at Naas (3m) in March before brought down early in the National. Headgear back on but potential stamina limitations under these conditions.
Galaxy Rock turned in an improved effort when landing 27f Cheltenham handicap in November. Good third over hurdles at Bangor in March, but beaten before stamina became issue in Scottish National last weekend.
Tullamore Dew put in an excellent second at Ascot (3m) in February but jumping let him down since, bad mistake fourteenth after travelling well at Aintree last time. This trip will probably stretch him.
Le Beau Bai is a thorough stayer who has been resurgent this season, winning twice (including Welsh National) and placed behind Grand National winner at Haydock last time. Will relish conditions. Leading claims.
Dover's Hill's jumping has improved and made all in 3m handicap here last month that's working out well. 5 lb rise fair and likely to go close again if stamina holds out.
Ouzbeck won Summer National at Uttoxeter in 2010 and back down to a good mark now. Moody display when second at Newbury last time, finishing like a train. Soft ground against him here.
Swing Bill was better than ever when winning 3m amateur event at Cheltenham in November. Well held in Kim Muir and Grand National last twice, though, and another stiff task awaits.
Vic Venturi's last win came in Irish Grade 2 in February 2010 and has regressed, well held in hunter chase before a tame display in the Grand National.
Viking Blond was well ridden when making all on chase debut at Chepstow (3m) in October. Patchy form since, getting no further than first in the National. Emphasis on stamina here will suit at least.
Roalco de Farges has had a good first season over fences, winning at Newbury and Chepstow (3m). Unexposed in handicaps and interesting contender for yard which won this in 2006 and 2008.
Enter Paradise was a multiple winning pointer for Sheila Crow who took 3m Fakenham maiden chase in February. Unseated third in Foxhunter and remains with potential in handicaps.
Major Malarkey is a strong stayer who ran right up to his best when clear second in Midlands National last month. That race working out well but 5 lb rise looks to leave him vulnerable.
Any Currency has posted several creditable efforts since last win (over 3m) in 2009. Often let down by jumping, though, and attitude coming into question.
Aldertune has an ordinary strike rate for one of his ability, but has run well when second 4 times this season, beaten length by Cool Friend here last time. Tongue tie now fitted.
Knighton Combe got back to winning ways when battling well in 3m Ascot veterans handicap chase at the start of the month. This is tougher, and very testing ground probably against him also.
Free World is relatively lightly raced for a 10-y-o, winning 23f handicap chase at Stratford in July. No show since though, pulled up in Southern National when last seen in November. Opposed.
Ethiopia has greatly improved for blinkers, winning 5 handicap chases. Looks out of his depth here from 10 lb out of the weights, though.
Le Beau Baiwill relish conditions and can land the final big pot of the jumping season. Dover's Hill and the unexposed Roalco de Farges are lively dangers.