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PREVIEW | Sandown Finals Day: The bet365 Gold Cup

The bet365 Gold Cup features on the seven-race card on Saturday’s Finals Day at Sandown Park

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A thrilling season of National Hunt racing comes to an end on Saturday, with the bet365 Gold Cup heading an action-packed card on Finals Day at Sandown.

Racing gets underway at the Surrey-based track at 1:55, with the feature race kicking off at 3:40.

The Irish dream team of Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore pair up once again on British soil, with both taking their chances with the market favourite Plan Of Attack (4/1).

Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore are aiming for another big success on British Soil in the bet365 Gold Cup

The eight-year-old was travelling well on his previous outing in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival and was disputing second before taking a crashing fall three out.

De Bromhead’s gelding looked to have been revived by first-time blinkers and he should be well in the mix with an enticing mark of 138 here.

Kitty’s Light (5/1) is raised 4lbs following his success at Kelso last month and will need to defy a career-high mark to claim success here.

Nevertheless, Christian Williams’ five-year-old looks to have a bright future ahead of him and is joined by stablemate Cap Du Nord (20/1).

Enrilo (5/1) was disappointing in Grade 1 company in December, but the seven-year-old is fairly consistent at this level and he will be aiming to give Paul Nicholls his fifth success in this contest.

Paul Nicholls
Paul Nicholls is hunting down his fifth success in the bet365 Gold Cup with Enrilo

El Presente (7/1) claimed success in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy earlier in the season but the gelding was poor on his last showing in March at Ludlow.

The eight-year-old has been promising this season for Kim Bailey, as he has recorded four wins in his last six starts.

Alan King’s Potterman (10/1) will need to improve after unseating his rider in the Ladbrokes Trophy while Golan Fortune (10/1) is aiming to land his second win in only his fifth start over fences for Phil Middleton.

Venetia Williams at the Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow
Venetia Williams will be hoping for another big performance from Cepage

Crosspark (11/1) will be aiming to put his runner-up hoodoo behind him after finishing second in five of his last six starts under Caroline Bailey while Venetia Williams’ Cepage (16/1) produced a brave effort at top-weight to finish fourth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

A cracking renewal of the bet365 Gold Cup lies in wait on Finals Day at Sandown on Saturday.

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