2019 bet365 Gold Cup Betting Tips

The bet365 Gold Cup betting tips given Betting.org experts say Harry Fry’s unexposed chaser Just A sting is decent value to land the spoils in the extended 3m 4f feature contest at Sandown on Saturday, 27 April. Previous winner The Young Master looks on a fair mark and ran a fine race in defeat last time out, so is feared most in this Grade 3 staying handicap chase on a cracking card. West Approach, meanwhile, is potentially well-treated now sent back chasing and therefore appeals as the each-way value in a typically wide-open renewal. Our 2019 bet365 Gold Cup betting tips preview below has full details on these horses’ chances during the Jumps Finale at Sandown.

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Just A Sting
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Just A Sting looks pure Gold at Sandown

The feature race at Sandown on Saturday is the bet365 Gold Cup (15:35) and Just A Sting is on a handy mark, so looks decent value to land the spoils in the prestigious extended 3m 4f Grade 3 contest on Jumps Finale day at the Esher venue. This Harry Fry trained seven-year-old is a lightly-raced sort who has won two of his four starts over fences.

In the first of those at Uttoxeter back in October, the son of Scorpion jumped well and stayed on strongly to account for Station Master by two lengths off a rating of 125. Just A Sting then defied a 6lb rise in the weights in game fashion when beating Gunfleet by a head at Exeter.

He got put up another 6lb for that, but ran really well in his hat-trick bid of a revised rating of 137 when a 3 1/2 lengths second to Adrien Du Pont over 3m at Kempton. Just A Sting raced wide in the hands of the now retired Noel Fehily and was held-up in the last pair – until making stealthy headway to take up the running four from home.

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At that point he looked destined for victory but he then began to idle a bit and, after being headed approaching the last, stuck to the task gamely to go down by 3 1/2 lengths. It was a solid effort given the ground he forfeited by racing wide and he now meets the winner on 7lb better terms.

That should be enough to see him turn the tables on that rival. Just A Sting comes into the race on the back of a promising return to action following a break when 10th of 23 to Any Second Now in the Kim Muir at last month’s Cheltenham Festival off a mark of 137. He made good headway to chase the leaders and held every chance two from home until weakening late on to be beaten 22 lengths.

Just A Sting shaped as if needing the run and, with that spin under his belt, should now be spot on for this. He has also been dropped a pound to 136 and that makes him look competitively weighted on the pick of his form.

Underfoot conditions also hold no fears and Just A Sting remains unexposed over the larger obstacles and open to plenty more progression. The step up to 3m 4f plus for the first time also promises to suit, so he looks to have lots going for him and hence features as our main punt in these 2019 bet365 Gold Cup betting tips.

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Previous winner The Young Master feared most

There are a whole host of possible dangers in a typically fierce and wide-open renewal, but previous winner The Young Master is feared most following a fine effort last time out. Trained by Neil Mulholland, this 10-year-old has become a standing dish in this contest and showed a game attitude to prevail by a short-head back in the 2016 running off a mark of 148.

He was then beaten just 9 3/4 lengths in 2017 when ninth of 13 to Henllan Harri off the same rating and far from disgraced 12 months ago when eighth of 20 to Step Back. The Young Master then took advantage of a drop in the weights to make a winning reappearance at Chepstow, before readily defying a 5lb rise in the weights to follow-up at Cheltenham off 135 when beating Station Master by eight lengths.

The Young Master was then sent off a well-backed 15/2 shot for the valuable Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, but ran an absolute stinker and got pulled-up before the 15th fence. That effort was too bad to be true and, following a break, he showed it to be all wrong when a rallying 7 1/4 lengths third of 23 to Any Second Now in the aforementioned Kim Muir.

That run commands The Young Master the utmost respect in this and he is able to run off an unchanged mark of 142. It gives him every chance from a handicapping perspective, while his proven stamina and course form are big pluses. Regular pilot Sam Waley-Cohen also takes off a handy 3lb with his claim, so there is nothing not to like about the profile of The Young Master and a bold bid to win the race for a second time looks assured.

West Approach looks a lively outsider

Of those at bigger odds, the Colin Tizzard trained West Approach is a fascinating contender now sent back chasing off a potentially lenient mark. This nine-year-old has some top class form to his name in staying hurdles and has won two of his 10 starts over fences.

He ran a blinder in the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk at Ascot back in December when a two-length second of 11 to Paisley Park, and backed that up by chasing home the same rival in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham off an official rating of 154. West Approach was also not totally disgraced when ninth of 18 to Paisley Park in the Stayers’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, or when sixth of 16 to If The Cap Fits last time out in another Grade 1 at Aintree.

The son of Westerner is able to race off a much lower chase rating of 141, having been rated as high as 157 over hurdles in the past. It makes West Approach look weighted to run a huge race if his jumping holds up. Tizzard has also booked Jonjo O’Neill Jr, who is incredible value for his 3lb claim, to do the steering.

That is very eye-catching as he has a 43 per cent strike rate when teaming up with the yard in the past 12 months, having won three times and been placed once in just seven rides. So, at the odds on offer, West Approach looks cracking each-way value and thus completes these 2019 bet365 Gold Cup betting tips.

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