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Grand Jesture and Somersby can be punters’ pals in jumps finale

24 Apr | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Grand Jesture and Somersby can be punters’ pals in jumps finale

Cheltenham form could prove key at Sandown

Momentum continues to build in this year’s flat season whilst the jumps season draws to a close at Sandown.  

There look to be some nice races on Saturday that will be covered by the Channel 4 cameras.

Jesture would be a Grand winner of Sandown Gold Cup

The big race of the day is the Sandown Gold Cup at 3.50 which signals the end of the national hunt season.

The most important factor here is going to be the ground with few jumps meetings taking place on going this firm.

Mudlarks can certainly be excluded from calculations.

Favourite Le Reve has won his last two starts at the Esher course and although most of his form is on softer ground, his trainer Lucy Wadham insists better ground suits.

He has a very solid profile here and the only question mark is one of value, with 7/1 perhaps a shade short for a contest this competitive.


Bob’s Worth (10/1) is an interesting contender. He’ll love conditions and the handicapper has dropped him more than 20lbs in the past year.

He’s shown no form this year but the former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner hasn’t had his ground in his 2 starts this term.

If backing Bob’s Worth it would have to be a win only bet as he can’t be trusted at the minute.


The best value could lie with 10/1 chance Grand Jesture though.

He stayed on well at Cheltenham behind The Druids Nephew who would surely have gone very close in the Grand National if not falling 6 from home.

He looks best suited by this ground and is likely to improve over this trip.

Follow an old Prince at Haydock

Earlier in the day at 2.20 there is a nice one mile handicap at Haydock.

11 year old Prince Of Johanne is interesting having finished 2nd to Big Baz on his final start last season.

Big Baz has since risen 15lbs in the handicap.

Prince Of Johanne has run very well on 3 of his last 4 seasonal reappearances and he looks sure to go well.


One horse to watch out for in the race is Off Art.

He ran a great race in last season’s Lincoln (which worked out very well) and was then strongly punted next time out at Thirsk, before running no race at all.

He wasn’t seen for the rest of the season so obviously had a problem.

He’s entitled to need this run and probably wants slightly softer ground but is worth monitoring in the market and watching for later in the season.

Somersby ready for huge Celebration

The Celebration Chase at Sandown precedes the Sandown Gold Cup and it looks a final chance for Sprinter Sacre at 7/2 to show his old sparkle.

His no show in the Champion Chase means he can’t be backed and his presence perhaps makes the market here.


It seems odd that Mr Mole (8th in the Champion Chase) is just 10/3 whilst Somersby (2nd in the Champion Chase) is 7/1 here.

Somersby has never been out of the first 2 in 4 runs at Sandown and the only horse rated higher here is the now untrustworthy Sprinter Sacre so he really stands out at the odds.