bet365 Gold Cup
Sandown 15:50
Grade 3 Handicap,
£150,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 5f 110y, Class 1  
Saturday 25th April 2015


1 Just A Par 14/1
2 Vics Canvas 12/1
3 Le Reve 8/1
4 Paint The Clouds 13/2F
20 ran Distances: 1¼l, 2½l, 1l
TIME 7m 23.15s (slow by 8.15s)

Just A Par wins the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown under Sean Bowen from Vics Canvas and Le Reve

Just A Par
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Just A Par

Champion conditional Sean Bowen topped an already memorable day at Sandown by steering Just A Par to a last-gasp win.

Bowen had sealed his title by winning the first race of the afternoon but he really underlined his potential in the saddle as he produced Just A Par to challenge at the last before kicking away up the Sandown hill.

It looked as though Paint The Clouds, Le Reve and Guess Again might battle out the finish but a clutch of horses fought their way back into contention by the last, with Just A Par proving strongest of all.
Bowen pushed on after jumping the last and the 14-1 chance responded for pressure to run out a one-and-quarter-length winner for the rider's boss, Paul Nicholls.

Vics Canvas was another to muster a late charge in second, with Le Reve third and Paint The Clouds fourth.

Seventeen-year-old Bowen said: "All he needed was that trip. All he does is keep galloping.

"I thought at the third-last I'd been waiting too long, but I thought they'd come back to me and thankfully they did."

Nicholls said: "He gave him a peach of a ride. I had no doubts he'd stay."

Bet365 Gold Cup Chase
£150,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f 110y, Class 1
20 ran

Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Just A Par (IRE) 14/1 Sean Bowen (3)
P F Nicholls 8
2nd Vics Canvas (IRE) 12/1 R Walsh
D A McLoughlin 12
3rd Le Reve (IRE) 8/1 L P Aspell
Mrs L Wadham 7
4th 1 Paint The Clouds 13/2f Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
W Greatrex 10
5th 2 Guess Again (IRE) 12/1 P Townend
A J Martin 10
6th Bally Legend 25/1 T J O'Brien
Mrs Caroline Keevil 10
7th 5 Algernon Pazham (IRE) 12/1 Jamie Bargary (7)
N A Twiston-Davies 6
8th 9 Unioniste (FR) 12/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 7
9th ¾ Grandads Horse 40/1 Aidan Coleman
C E Longsdon 9
10th 21 Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 16/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 10
11th 8 Bobs Worth (IRE) 10/1 Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 10
12th 9 Return Spring (IRE) 33/1 James Best
P J Hobbs 8
PU Rocky Creek (IRE) 20/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 9
PU Wonderful Charm (FR) 16/1 N D Fehily
P F Nicholls 7
PU The Package 14/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 12
PU Lost Legend (IRE) 33/1 R P McLernon
Jonjo O'Neill 8
PU Royale Knight 20/1 Brendan Powell
Dr R D P Newland 9
PU Ely Brown (IRE) 33/1 W Kennedy
C E Longsdon 10
PU Roalco De Farges (FR) 25/1 M G Nolan
P J Hobbs 10
RR Grand Jesture (IRE) 8/1 J J Burke (3)
H de Bromhead 7