Saturday horse racing tips: Kitty’s Light can defend his Gold Cup crown at Sandown Park

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)

Our horse racing tipster gives his selections from Saturday’s Sandown Park jump season finale.

1.50pm Novices’ Handicap Hurdle: Court In The Act e/w

One of two horses in the race trained by Harry Derham, Court In The Act is a five-year-old gelding who has gone from strength to strength this season. Well backed and duly delivered over the flat to start the season being eased down and still winning by more than 10 lengths.

Came second to Fiercely Proud on hurdle debut at Hereford before defeating the likeable Onethreefivenotout at Kempton on boxing day. Returning after a short break he showed those performances weren’t a fluke when taking a further step forward when coming second to Go To War at Ludlow last month with the rest of the field a long way back. Paul O’Brien ops to ride him over his stable companion as he looks to add to his growing number of victories.

3.35pm the Gold Cup: Kitty’s Light

Winner of this last year, eight-year-old gelding Kitty’s Light loves this course. He always performs well here and this would of been the target before the season even started. He had a shaky start to the season but improved when coming seventh in the Ultima at Cheltenham, before proving he truly is back to his best when coming fifth in the Aintree Grand National. He is racing off a mark 7lbs higher than this time last year, but back at his favourite track in good conditions when he is on top of his game it remains hard to believe that he won’t be successful in defending his crown.

4.45pm Novices’ Handicap Chase: Nickle Back

This is a very competitive field with the likes of Outlaw Peter for the Paul Nicholls yard looking to complete a treble. However the clear form and ability pick of this race is the top weight Nickle Back. His last performance at Aintree can easily be forgotten dropping in trip for that race didn’t suit and he was badly hampered at times as well. Prior to that he won here over course and distance in a Grade 1 so the drop in grade to a handicap race is clearly a move to just try and pick up some extra prize money before the end of the season. The trainer keeps the faith in jockey James Best who should be able to steer him to victory here yet again.