Houblon tops Gold weights

Houblon Des Obeaux has been left at the head of the weights for Saturday's Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

Following the withdrawal of Tidal Bay, the weights are set to rise which will bring more runners into the handicap proper.

Other notable absentees include the Hennessy winner Triolo D'Alene, Tom Taaffe's Argocat, Night In Milan, Prince De Beauchene and Grand National fourth Alvarado.

Jim Culloty's Kim Muir winner Spring Heeled remains a possible, as does Burton Port, who was an early casualty in the Grand National.

The popular pair of Carruthers and Restless Harry could still run while Paul Nicholls' main hope appears to be Bury Parade.

Nicky Henderson could run Hadrian's Approach while Ardkilly Witness may represent Grand National winner Dr Richard Newland.

Godsmejudge is still in the mix for Alan King while the likes of Bally Legend, Midnight Appeal, Rigadin De Beauchene, Same Difference and Poungach are all engaged.