Best bets for Sandown on Saturday April 23rd

Top tipster Simon Holt, who tipped Westover 10/1 on Friday, has three bets for Saturday’s action, including Kitty’s Light in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.


Race Betting Tips: Saturday April 23rd

1pt wins Boardman in 2.05 Haydock at 4/1 (Overall)

1pt wins Kitty’s Light in 3.32 Sandown at 9/2 (Overall)

1pt wins Up The Straight in 4.40 Sandown at 5/1 (Overall)

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Saturday’s bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown sees an intriguing new match between Enrilo, Potterman and Kitty’s Light who finished in that order 12 months ago, only to have the seedings changed by the stewards who disqualified Enrilo (placed third) for overtaking the quick finish. Kitty’s Light on the run-in, and awarded the run to the Potterman Outpost.

There was little doubt in my mind that, but for being broad, KITTEN LIGHT was coming in with a winning race and, like last year, the Christian Williams-trained six-year-old looked progressive again after chasing stable mate Cap Du Nord to Kempton (Enrilo about eight lengths in fourth) before staying on heavily behind another stable mate Win My Wings in the Scottish Grand National.

The latter has been a revelation in her last two starts in the Eider Chase at Newcastle and Ayr where she came home to amateur 7lb claimant Rob James who was again warned.

However, the handicapper put Win My Wings on a stone and now she meets Kitty’s Light (who seems likely to be adapted by adjusting the cheeks for the first time as he takes a long time to warm up) and the excellent Jack Tudor on 12lb worst terms for seven lengths.

While Enrilo has struggled for form this season, Potterman looked to have benefited from wind surgery when he battled at home to the helpful Empire Steel in Kelso, although the runner-up may not have been. well suited by the fastish terrain that day.

Alan King’s gelding is only up 2 pounds from last year and looks sure to be upset again.

Down in the weights, Musical Slave weighs in at 7lbs after wins at the Sandown course and at Haydock in his last two starts and this ever-talented, but often inconsistent horse comes here in top form. It’s just a question of whether he can pull back that quickly just a week after Haydock.

In support, there are some good clashes in the condition races, notably Greaneteen against Nube Negra and Sceau Royal in the bet365 Celebration Chase (and all will be well suited by the dry ground conditions) while, later on, ON THE RIGHT could benefit from a downgrade in the bet365 Josh Gifford Novices’ Handicap Chase.

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Trained by longtime Gifford stable jockey Richard Rowe, who scored a welcome winner with Constant Friday at Plumpton on Sunday, the eight-year-old has faced tough tasks this season but raced best when he was third at a Killer Clown on song at Kempton last month.

Up The Straight was a good second behind Farinet on this course and distance just over a year ago with an 8lb top mark and with his trainer finding some form he is of some interest here on the lower weight.

At Haydock, BOARDMAN can repeat his victory over the course and distance last May in the Great Shevington Handicap.

Tim Easterby’s gelding then followed emphatically to complete a hat-trick at York and Chester, and is now back on his previous winning mark.

And, like last year, Boardman ran fairly honorably on his seasonal reappearance at Redcar earlier in the month over a mile, and now back to his ideal seven furlong trip, should be perfect again for the second time around .

Posted 4:10 PM BST on 4/22/22


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