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Kempton – (Good to Soft)
12.40 Ladbrokes Novice Hurdle
Go Sacre Go – Out of Network and Altesse Sacre. Is also related to Nicky Henderson’s retired stable star Sprinter Sacre. Go Sacre Go is making UK debut here and Henderson wouldn’t be rushing to put this horse out in a race of this type if he didn’t think he had a chance as he would be risking his 26% strike rate at this track. Go Sacre Go has as good a chance as any in this race and is good Eachway value in the opener.
3.00 – King George Vi Chase
Santini – Out of Milan and Tinagoodnight is another horse who is trained by Nicky Henderson, having been supplemented for this race, Santini has some good form in the book having won 3 chases from the 7 contested. The Chase wins have came at Newbury on the 1st December 2018 when landing the John Francome Novices Chase from Rocky’s Treasure who was some 4 length adrift in 2nd. Won again at Sandown on the 10th November 2019 when beating Now McGinty by a head over 3m 37y. Santini was then sent to Cheltenham for next Chase start on the 25th January this year and won again beating Bristol De Mai by 3 and 1/2 lengths over 3m 1f 56y. Santini would return to Cheltenham on the 13th March this year to race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and was beaten a neck into 2nd by Al Boum Photo over 3m 2f and 70y. Most recently was sent to Aintree for the Many Clouds Chase and finished 2nd again, beaten 1 length by Lake View Lad. Santini and Clan Des Obeaux are almost identical in stats for the King George and at current prices Santini is the value Eachway play against Clan Des Obeaux if Clan doesn’t deliver.
3.35 – Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle
Barbados Blue – Out of Getaway and Buck’s Blue. Has had just the 4 races winning twice and placing 2nd in the other two. The wins have came at Warwick on UK debut when beating Huntsmans Jog by 15 lengths on the 23rd May 2018. Returned to Warwick on the 29th November 2018 and finished 2nd some 2 and 1/2 lengths behind Definitelyanoscar over 2m. Next race was at Taunton on the 4th April 2019 when finishing 2nd again , beaten a neck by Birds of Prey over 2m 3f 1y. Was sent to Kempton for a 3 horse race on the 13th of May 2019 and absolutely destroyed the other two runners by 30 lengths over 2m 5f. If showing up in same mood today should be capable of going in again here in a more competitive race.
1:50 – Kempton – Kauto Star Novices Chase: Selection: The Big Breakaway
There is an open looking feeling about this year Kauto Star Novices Chase where you could make an argument for all seven runners. While I think he may prefer a more galloping track The Big Getaway can make his presence felt at the highest level. Although it is fair to say he will have to improve on what was a shock defeat at skimpy odds last time out at Exeter. Colin Tizzard’s beast of a horse was impressive at Cheltenham when making a successful debut over fences and had many pundits purring. The step back up to 3m will definitely help and he could well be the classiest horse in this field. He will have to be on his A-game to beat Shan Blue who has looked very impressive so far this season. This is a Christmas cracker! The Big Breakaway represents my NAP of Boxing Day.
2:15 – Leopardstown – Racing Post Novice Chase: Selection – Felix Desjy
A small field of six go to post for the opening Grade 1 of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Felix Desjy done it nicely at Punchestown last month and held Darver Star comfortably, however I expect Darver Star to make more of an impression here. Felix Desjy is looking an improved horse this season to me and with the form in the book he had a big chance to land his second Grade 1. The first being over hurdles at Aintree last year. Gordon Elliott’s charge is a very consistent horse barring the odd fall. He’s a solid leaper and surely is worthy of being favourite here. Willie Mullins could hold the main danger in the shape of Franco De Port, who is second string judging by jockey bookings but looks very capable of being competitive. Things could get a bit tactical here but I would Felix Desjy to have the class here.
3:00 – Kempton – King George VI Chase: Selection: Cyrname
An absolutely intriguing King George is in store as 8 runners attempt to stop Clan Des Obeaux in his hat trick bid. His biggest danger comes from his stablemate, Cyrname who returned to the track at Halloween with a comfortable win in the Charlie Hall Chase. It was a much needed confidence boost for Cyrname after that horrible fall at Ascot back in February. There are reasons to believe that Cyrname can overturn the form of last years race with Clan Des Obeaux, for a start Cyrname has had a perfect prep with that easy Wetherby success. Meanwhile, Clan Des Obeaux had a tough slog behind Bristol De Mai in the Haydock mud last month. The year before it was role reversal. If the ground stays at good to soft then I would be even more confident about Cyrname’s chances as I believe he is much improved horse on a sounder surface. He holds a good chance but it won’t be easy. At an each way sort of price, Saint Cavaldos could go well if the step up in trip suits.
1.15 Novices Limited Handicap Chase
Mr One More gets the vote here, this son of Asian Heights made a very good comeback from more than 2 years off when runner-up at Chepstow last month on chase debut, running on well over the minimum trip. This 2m 4f test promises to be right up his street and a mark of 136 could prove lenient based on his novice hurdle form of 2017. At the current prices, he makes plenty of each-way appeal.
3.00 Ladbrokes King George VI Chase
Clan Des Obeaux was a stunning winner of this race last year, and I see no obvious reason why he won’t run a huge race once again. The biggest danger could come from his own stable in Cyrname, who arrives here a fresher horse, but this is much tougher than his win at Wetherby. Clan Des Obeaux put up a fine effort in defeat up at Haydock last month on his first run since wind surgery, and his record second time out since going chasing reads 4 starts, 4 wins. Paul Nicholls will no doubt have him in top shape ahead of his main target of the season.
3.35 Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle
Whatsupwithyou looked the winner for all money at the Cheltenham November meeting, but wandered about up the hill and ended up beaten in to 2nd. A 5lb rise seems more than fair given he was almost 10 lengths clear of the 3rd that day. I’m hoping conditional jockey Luca Morgan can hold on to him for a bit longer here, as he may well be best delivered late with no time to get distracted and lonely in front. At the current prices he looks a very solid each-way play.
Final Word with Rich –
Kempton – Good to Soft (When written)
1.15 Novices’ Handicap Chase – Class 3 – 2m 4f 110yds…
Mr One More – Asian Heights x Norah’s Quay 8yo gelding.
won his first 3 starts, 1 NHF & 2 hurdle races, including a maiden at Hereford & a Class3 1m 7f hurdle at Ascot before finishing 6th in a Grade 2 hurdle at Ascot in December 2017 & 5th of 6 when stepping up in trip to 2m 3f in a Huntingdon Listed hurdle in February 2018.
He was off the track for 1016 days before returning at Chepstow on November 20th in a 2m Class 4 Intermediate Chase, finishing a 1/2 length runner up of 5 runners….
1.50 Kauto Star Novice Chase – Grade 1 – 3m
Enrilo – Buck’s Boum x Rock Treasure 6yo gelding.
The winner of the Grade 2 2m 4f Winter novice hurdle at Sandown in 2019 was also runner up in the Grade 1 Challow novice hurdle in the same year.
He has now gone chasing after having a wind operation.
Made his chase debut at Chepstow in a Class 3, 2m 7f novice chase, when narrowly beaten in to 2nd by a neck from Mighty Don.
he then headed to Exeter in a 3m Class 2 novice chase on November 3rd, winning by 1 & 3/4 lengths from Darlac, who has won since….
Wetherby – Soft…
2.05 Rowland Merrick Handicap Chase – Grade 3 – 3m 45yds…
Snow Leopardess – Martaline x Queen Soraya 8yo mare.
The only mare in the field and receives weight from the rest carrying just 10s 13lb. She has 1 win from 4 starts over 3m+, which was last time out over slightly further 3m 1f at Haydock on November 21st, when she landed a Class 2 handicap chase by 1/2 a length from Commodore on her 3rd chase start….
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