It's the final day of the jumps season tomorrow, and a last chance for Graham Lee to add an extra layer of icing to what has already proved to be a gigantic cake for the northern jockey.

Three weeks ago he achieved an unforgettable Grand National victory at Aintree on Amberleigh House. Last Saturday, he followed-up in the Scottish equivalent aboard Grey Abbey. And tomorrow, he has more than a fighting chance of bagging the season's final major prize.

Lee teams-up with Scotmail Boy in the £150,000 Betfred Gold Cup at Sandown and looks sure to enjoy a good ride on this tough and talented gelding.

Trained by Howard Johnson, who sent out Grey Abbey to win last week's Scottish National, Scotmail Boy was a winner on this course in December.

His latest outing, three weeks ago, saw him finish a gutsy third in the Topham Trophy at Aintree, only being outpointed from the final fence.

Although he figures just outside the handicap proper tomorrow, Scotmail Boy merits serious attention in a race, formerly known as the Whitbread Gold Cup, which Johnson won 10 years ago with Ushers Island, who also carried more than his handicap assessment.

Can Graham Lee's midas touch continue? It's far from a remote possibility.

Sandown's mixed card tomorrow is further highlighted by two high-class Flat races, most notably the £100,000 Mile.

All eyes here will be on the classy Soviet Song, who suffered a shock defeat against a much lower-rated rival at Kempton on her reappearance two weeks ago.

Improvement can be expected from Soviet Song tomorrow, but she may have to play second-fiddle once more to Sublimity, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and a smooth winner at Doncaster last month.

A horse with stacks of talent, Sublimity is napped to land this Group 2 prize for Kieren Fallon.

In the Betfred Gordon Richards Stakes, it would be unwise to overlook the claims of Persian Majesty, whose only two previous racecourse appearances were winning ones.

The Peter Harris-trained colt has had to endure plenty of problems during his career, but there is no doubting his ability, and it would come as no surprise to see him land this Group 3 contest on his reappearance. Johnny Murtagh looks a significant jockey booking.

At Ripon's meeting, Distant Times is mt selection to capture the £14,000 Future Sprint Stars Handicap for Tim Easterby.

A pleasing fourth at Doncaster last month over seven furlongs, Distant Times reappeared over tomorrow's six-furlong trip at Warwick just over a fortnight ago and duly opened his winning account. He can follow-up in this competitive handicap.

The CB Hutchinson Memorial Challenge Cup Handicap over two miles offers Heir To Be the chance to exploit what looks a reasonable handicap mark.

John Dunlop's stayer should now be cherry-ripe after two outings and the expected soft ground promises to be in his favour.

Saturday's tips:


1.45 Feel The Pride, 2.20 St Pirran, 2.55 Sublimity (Nap), 3.35 Scotmail Boy, 4.10 Persian Majesty, 4.45 Soyuz, 5.20 Bishopstone Man.


2.00 Distant Times, 2.35 Heir To Be, 3.10 Polly Alexander, 3.45 Ballyrush, 4.20 Legal Approach, 4.55 Trulitti, 5.25 Hills of Gold.

Tomorrow's other meetings are at Haydock, Leicester, Market Rasen and Wolverhampton.

Updated: 12:38 Friday, April 23, 2004