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Paul Nicholls will be crowned champion trainer at Sandown today, and Give Me A Copper can add a final flourish to his campaign by lifting the bet365 Gold Cup. (stock photo)
Paul Nicholls will be crowned champion trainer at Sandown today, and Give Me A Copper can add a final flourish to his campaign by lifting the bet365 Gold Cup. (stock photo)

By Anita Chambers

Paul Nicholls will be crowned champion trainer at Sandown today, and Give Me A Copper can add a final flourish to his campaign by lifting the bet365 Gold Cup.

The Ditcheat handler had earmarked this promising nine-year-old as a possible Grand National contender, but a fall at the Cheltenham Festival forced a rethink on that score.

Aintree's loss could be Sandown's gain, though, with Give Me A Copper likely to be particularly well suited if conditions stay on the quicker side.

A £270,000 purchase back in 2016, Give Me A Copper's career has yet to really take off - winning one of his two starts last term before a lengthy lay-off that did not see him return until February this year.

His initial effort was promising enough, but soft ground at this course found him out a bit - while testing going again proved a step too far in the hurly burly of the Ultima at the Festival.

Give Me A Copper was beaten when he fell, and his profile may not appeal to some, but he looks to be on a competitive mark in what is perhaps not a vintage renewal of this race in terms of quality.

Altior will be priced too short for many in the bet365 Celebration Chase, but is expected to make it a jumps-record 19 successive wins and is impossible to oppose.

It is a shame that quick ground prevented a clash between Altior and Nicholls' top-rated chaser Cyrname in the Grade One, but it at least leaves the way clear for Nicky Henderson's charge to extend his unbeaten run.

Henderson should have a second win on the card via On The Blind Side, who switches back to the smaller obstacles in the bet365 Select Hurdle.

His novice-chase campaign was a bit underwhelming, but he was more than capable over hurdles and can at least sign off with a decent win.

Hey Gaman returns to Listed company for the EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at Leicester which could see the James Tate colt get the year off to an ideal start after campaigning at the highest level last term.

DONCASTER: 5.10 Get Back Get Back, 5.45 Great Image, 6.15 Destination, 6.45 Fujaira Prince, 7.15 Palladium, 7.45 Javelin, 8.15 Socru.

HAYDOCK: 1.30 Great Bear, 2.05 Lord Oberon, 2.40 Ouzo, 3.15 Search For Light, 3.45 Lady Lawyer, 4.20 Tamreer, 4.50 Chatez, 5.25 Ascot Week.

LEICESTER: 1.40 Handytalk, 2.15 Gobi Sunset, 2.45 Hey Gaman, 3.25 So High, 3.55 Kirtling, 4.30 False Id, 5.00 Sucellus, 5.35 Mawsool.

LIMERICK: 1.35 Stormy Belle, 2.10 Geneticist, 2.50 Kalanoura, 3.20 Atlas, 3.50 Sinseir, 4.25 Kerosin, 4.55 Yo Tambien, 5.30 Cork Harbour.

RIPON: 1.45 Baileys Prayer, 2.20 New Graduate, 2.55 Pipers Note, 3.30 Making Miracles, 4.00 King's Advice, 4.35 Sky Cross, 5.05 True Hero.

SANDOWN: 1.50 Lord Yeats, 2.25 Black Corton, 3.00 Altior, 3.35 GIVE ME A COPPER (NAP), 4.10 On The Blind Side, 4.40 Larry, 5.15 Encore Champs.

WEXFORD: 1.55 Cash Me Outside, 2.30 Sole Pretender, 3.05 Our Jerry, 3.40 My Forever Friend, 4.15 Cloudy Morning, 4.45 Three Kings, 5.20 Highest Benefit, 5.50 Uisce Solas.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.30 Secret Potion, 6.00 Ustath, 6.30 International Law, 7.00 Image Of The Moon, 7.30 Crystal King, 8.00 Harry Callahan, 8.30 One Cool Daddy.

DOUBLE: Give Me A Copper and Altior.

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