Philip Hobbs’ gelding has taken two novice chases in the past month – including at Cheltenham last week – whilst Baby Run made up for his blip in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham when taking the Aintree equivalent last time out.
“The ability to act on quickish ground is going to be imperative at Sandown on Saturday and it’s not surprising to see Balthazar King at the head of the market for the bet365 Gold Cup as he’s got plenty of form on a decent surface,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Looking ahead to the first classics of the season, Moonlight Cloud has been popular for the Qipco 1000 Guineas this afternoon and totesport have cut Freddie Head’s filly to 11/2 (from 6/1). There has also been support for Richard Hannon’s Memory who is now 7/1 third-favourite (from 9/1) for the mile event.
There has also been further support for Mount Athos in the totesport.com Chester Cup following his win on the all-weather at Dundalk on Friday evening and David Wachman’s colt is now the 7/1 favourite (from 9/1) for the Roodee marathon. Dirar has also been nibbled and is now 9/1 (from 10/1) with the sponsors.
bet365 Gold Cup – totesport bet: 6 Baby Run, Balthazar King, 10 Aimigayle, Triggerman, 12 Gentle Ranger, 14 Gullible Gordon, Maktu, Meanus Dandy, Poker de Sivola, 16 Can’t Buy Time, Church Island, Iconoclast, West End Rocker, 20 Saddlers Storm, The Last Derby, 25 Exmoor Ranger, Faasel, Major Malarkey, Siegemaster, 28 Richard’s Sundance, 33 Burren Legend, Fire And Rain, 40 Briery Fox, Silver Adonis, 50 Iris De Balme.