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This website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles, Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings….
Blimey there is a lot of racing on today… Plenty to choose from that is for certain.. Charlie has his Boxing day Bonanza selections while Rich will have the Final Word…. Oh and we a wee King George Head to Head…
Charlie – I have 5 selections for boxing day not including the h2h with Rich for the King George, these won’t count towards profit/loss figures but I feel that takes a bit of pressure off and hopefully will be a profitable day as a result of a more relaxed mindset, anyway enough of my rambling let’s get down to business.
Kempton – 1.20
Loug Derg Spirit – Trained by Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, Loug Derg Spirit won last time out when tackling fences for the first time at Wetherby over 2m 3f, although did make a couple of minor mistakes but still managed to win by 7 lengths. Nicky Henderson has won 3 of the last 8 renewals and looks in a nice position to make that 4.
Huntingdon – 1.40
San Pedro De Senam – Made a reasonable return from summer break taking 3rd place at Fontwell in a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2m 2f on the 18th November. Next race was on the 9th December over 2m 5f at Huntingdon in a Class 4 Conditions Hurdle beating Trigger Nichol by 1 and 1/2 lengths. Although has been raised 6 lbs is partnered with N Houlihan who claims 10lb and was onboard for that win at Fontwell.
Sedgefield – 2.05
Duke Of Kilcorral -Finished 2nd at Fontwell over 2m 3f in Class 4 Handicap Hurdle in March, returned to Fontwell in April and finished 2nd again over 2m 3f in a Class 4 Novice hurdle. Was then rested until making a reappearance at Chepstow on the 21st November over 2m 3f in a Class 5 Maiden Hurdle beating Nativegetaway by a neck. Still looks on a workable mark and with normal progress could go in again biggest danger comes in the shape of Sheriff Garrett who has a similar profile.
Market Rasen – 2.55
Du Destin -Although without a win this season has ran quite well without threatening. Was 7th when last seen at Kempton over 2m in a Class 4 Novice Hurdle in April this year. Has undergone wind surgery since then and Nicky Henderson has been very patient to get this one ready and it’s his only runner at this meeting and with J McGrath doing the steering hopefully make it a winning choice for the Champion trainer.
Wincanton – 3.45
Sleight Of Hand -Debutant for Nicky Henderson is a gelding out of Kalanisi and Katayira is related to Kalarika and has undergone wind surgery prior to debut, biggest danger comes from the Paul Nicholls trained Flic Ou Voyou who won last time out at Wincanton over 1m 7f .
Now that’s the main selections out of the way it’s now time for Rich and me to go Head to Head in the King George VI Chase who has the winner I guess you gotta read on to find that out.
.King George VI(3.05 Kempton) Head to Head….
Rich …. Coneygree – Having won over C/D when landing the Kauto Star Novice Chase in 2014 and his troubles have been well documented. After pulling up in 2017, he was nursed back to health and at one point, most were calling for retirement(Yes myself included). The owners know the horse best and in the summer he had Wind Surgery and returned over 3m 3f on November 17th in the Grade 3 Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. The front runner showed no signs of any of the previous issues when only being caught late on to finish an 8 & 1/2 length 3rd to Rock the Kasbah. This was the first race Coneygree had finished since coming 3rd to Sizing John in the Punchestown Gold Cup in April 2017 and this is the second run after the wind surgery. I am not saying Coneygree will win, but with 3 places up for grabs, a place is a distinct possibility and we will soon know if the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner still has it!
Charlie –What a race we have here, on paper looks like the strongest field we have seen for sometime, although there are some questions left unanswered in regards to form for most of the runners entered, where the winner comes from will be down to experience and class with a little luck thrown in for good measure. I had this down to a possible 4 contenders Might Bite last year’s winner who has been in fantastic form, was beaten into 2nd in the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in March by Native River, before going to Aintree and winning The Betway Bowl Chase beating Bristol De Mai by 7 lengths. Those three would meet again at Haydock in The Betfair Chase on the 24th November where Might Bite finished last and Bristol De Mai beat Native River by 4 lengths. I feel that there’s unfinished business between those 3 and if Thistlecrack turns up in same shape as last time when finishing 3rd behind Bristol De Mai and Native River in the Betfair Chase at Haydock it’s bound to be a cracking renewal. Might Bite for me looks more like the winner again here, winning the race last year and although had a poor show on reappearance at Haydock that can be forgiven as this race was the intended target after last year’s heroics.
I will now hand you back over to Rich for The Final Word.
Final Word with Rich –
Thanks Charlie, lets hope it’s a good one… Just Kempton from me and what a card we have…..
Kempton… Good to Soft…
12.50 Novice Hurdle… Class 2… 2m…
Thomas Darby… With one win and one runner up spot from 2 hurdles runs since October 28th. The win came at Cheltenham in a C3 2m maiden hurdle when beating Elixir De Nutz by 3 & 1/4 lengths, who has since gone on to win a the Grade 2 Supreme Novice trial. Thomas Darby was a runner up last time out, carrying the penalty for the win in a C2 2m Introductory hurdle , going down by a head to Didtheyleaveuoutto, who is in the field today & Thomas has 3Lb on that rival now.. The others to watch out for are The Big Bite and Didtheyleaveuoutto, who are both 2 wins from 2 runs….
1.55 Kauto Star Novice Chase… Grade 1… 3m…
Bags Groove… Was runner up on chase debut back in May and was given a break. Making seasonal return at Ffos Las in a 2m 4f C3 Novice Chase winning by 2 lengths. Next up was the Grade 2 2m 4f Rising Stars’ Novice Chase by 9 lengths from Secret Investor and then made it 3 wins from 4 chases tarts when landing the Huntingdon C3 2m 4f Novice Chase from Thomas Campbell by 9 lengths.
Bags Groove is joint top rated at 155 with The Worlds End, who is 2 wins from 3 chase starts and was a facile winner(26 lengths) of a C2 3m 1f Novice chase at Cheltenham on December 14th, while Santini is rated 152 and won the John Francome 2m 7f Grade 3 Novice Chase on season return & chase debut by 4 lengths on December 1st from Rocky Treasure, who has since won the Doncaster 3m December Grade 2 Novice Chase. We cannot forget La Bague Au Roi, who is 2 from 2 over fences this term and is also a Grade 2 winner on November 30th, when landing the 2m 3f Berkshire Novice Chase at Newbury…
This is a cracking race and anyone of these 4 can win the trophy….
2.30 Christmas Hurdle… Grade 1… 2m….
Buveur D’air… Is back to defend the crown he won from last season by 2 & 1/4 lengths from The New One, the Contenders C1 listed Hurdle & the Champion Hurdle followed before having wind surgery in the summer. Making seasonal reappearance a winning one at Newcastle on December 1st when taking the Fighting Fifth Hurdle by 8 lengths from Samcro and can still get better… So what fills the places if Buveur D’air wins, I hear you say… If The Cap Fits spent 2017 unbeaten with 3 wins from 3 hurdle runs but was runner up on seasonal return to Verdana Blue at Wincanton but landed the Ascot Hurdle(Grade 2) on November 24th from Old Guard by 1 & 1/2 lengths… Global Citizen is like If The Cap Fits as was runner up on seasonal return before landing the C1 Listed Intermediate Hurdle(2m) at Newbury on December 1st. Verdana Blue was 4th last time out in a Grade 3 Greatwood at Cheltenham and cannot be ruled but I think If The Cap Fits is likely to get the closest of the field to Buveur D’air…….
That is everything for you folks, a massive thank you to you all for popping by and taking the time to read our blogs/interviews/articles…
All the Best – Charlie & Rich