bet365 Gold Cup
Sandown 15:35
Grade 3 Handicap,
£150,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 4f 166y, Class 1    
Saturday 28th April 2018


1 Step Back 7/1
2 Rock The Kasbah 12/1
3 Present Man 25/1
4 Relentless Dreamer 33/1
20 ran Distances: 13l, 14l, ½l
Time: 7m 32.90s (slow by 17.90s)

Step Back puts in a sparkling round of jumping to win

Step Back
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Step Back

Trained by Mark Bradstock, Step Back had been well supported in the run up to the race was sent off a 7-1 shot in the hands of Jamie Moore.

His rider was full of confidence throughout and very few of the 20 runners got into the race, with Step Back and Rock The Kasbah going toe to toe in front.

While Present Man and Relentless Dreamer both tried to get into it, the first two had flown and it was Step Back who kept finding over the final two obstacles to come home well clear.

Rock The Kasbah kept on for second with Present Man third and Relentless Dreamer fourth, with 6-1 favourite Blaklion never looking like taking a hand in the finish.

Moore said: “He’s a baby still. He’d only had three runs over fences, I rode him over hurdles and he gave me a nice feel.

“Nico (de Boinville) would have been riding him, but he was claimed by Nicky Henderson (for Sugar Baron).

“The Bradstocks won the Gold Cup with a novice (Coneygree), they stay, they jump very well, I had a light weight so I wanted to make the most of it.”

Assistant trainer Sara Bradstock said: “We knew he was in really good nick, but he has terrible problems with his muscle enzymes. The summer helps him, as he can be turned out all the time.

“I just knew he was in great form, but I was just a bit worried about the ground.

“He is the most lovely horse and he just jumps and gallops forever. His owner wants to be at the big meetings and he is another horse we have purchased reasonably that has done that job.

“We can prove again and again that we can do it if we are given the horses, but we’ve got 20 horses and five or six of them are young, so we have very little to run. Coneygree is going to have one more go next year. His engine is probably a bit too big for his chassis.

“This horse will be aimed at the National next year. I’m afraid the handicapper might murder us for that. He was off 10st, which was very nice for him. Usually the way this race has gone you wouldn’t get 10st for a 135-rated horse, so we have to hope the handicapper is not too mean.

“I think more likely he will go to the Becher (over Ladbrokes Trophy) to have a practice to see if he likes them (National fences). He might be too good a jumper, as he might be too careful over them.

“He will have a little break now and we’ve planned for this for a long time, so he will have a couple of weeks in the field.

“I don’t see any reason why not (have another run in the summer), as we might give him a holiday in the middle of the winter.

“It is lovely as Sandown have put a race on in dad’s (Lord Oaksey) memory which I’m very grateful for, dad loved this race.

“He wouldn’t have liked the way he did it, as he liked them flying from the back, but we won’t tell him that!”

Bet365 Gold Cup Chase
£150,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 4f 166y, Class 1
20 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Step Back (IRE) 7/1 J E Moore
M Bradstock 8
2nd 13 Rock The Kasbah (IRE) 12/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 8
3rd 14 Present Man (IRE) 25/1 Bryony Frost (3)
P F Nicholls 8
4th ½ Relentless Dreamer (IRE) 33/1 Adam Wedge
Miss R Curtis 9
5th ½ Carole's Destrier 14/1 R T Dunne
N P Mulholland 10
6th 5 Dawson City 14/1 T J O'Brien
P Gundry 9
7th 6 Theatre Guide (IRE) 25/1 P J Brennan
C L Tizzard 11
8th 3 The Young Master 12/1 Conor Shoemark
N P Mulholland 9
9th 6 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 25/1 Charlie Deutsch
Miss V Williams 11
10th 24 Band Of Blood (IRE) 25/1 B Hughes
Dr R D P Newland 10
11th 19 Benbens (IRE) 50/1 Aidan Coleman
N A Twiston-Davies 13
PU Blaklion 6/1f Sam Twiston-Davies
N A Twiston-Davies 9
PU Regal Encore (IRE) 16/1 R P McLernon
A J Honeyball 10
PU Missed Approach (IRE) 8/1 Mr N McParlan (3)
W Greatrex 8
PU Royal Vacation (IRE) 20/1 H Cobden
C L Tizzard 8
PU Domesday Book (USA) 25/1 Miss G Andrews (3)
Stuart Edmunds 8
PU Bigbadjohn (IRE) 12/1 Jamie Bargary
N A Twiston-Davies 9
PU Minella Daddy (IRE) 8/1 James Bowen (3)
P Bowen 8
PU Sugar Baron (IRE) 12/1 Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 8
PU Rathlin Rose (IRE) 16/1 David Noonan
D Pipe 10