Kempton Boxing Day Preview

Kempton Boxing Day Preview

Action packed day ahead at Kempton

It’s our favourite time of the year again… CHRISTMAS TIME! And we all know what that means don’t we? An action packed day of racing on Boxing Day with no less than seven, yes SEVEN, Grade races across the UK and Ireland. In this preview we will be previewing the Day One of the Winter Festival at Kempton which includes the Christmas Hurdle, Kauto Star Novices Chase, 32Red Casino Novices Hurdle and the biggy, the King George VI Chase. But first we will have a look at the 32Red Casino Novices Hurdle.

32Red Novices Hurdle

The 32Red Novices Hurdle kicks off what looks set to be a class day of racing at Kempton with Nicky Henderson’s JENKINS leading the market and we’re finding it pretty hard to tip against him. The 4-y-o gelding made an impressive hurdling debut at Newbury at the end of November beating Bags Groove by five lengths and he will be looking to make it two on the bounce. Nicky Henderson said in October that “he handles most ground” which is just one factor that firmly puts him in pole position for this Class 2 battle. Alan King’s ELGIN looks to be Jenkins closest challenger after winning on hurdling debut a month ago but we believe it should be a fairly comfortable day at the office for Jenkins. Get him best priced 4/7 at Paddy Power HERE.

Kauto Star Novices Chase

A race which was thrown wide open after the shock declaration of ANIBALE FLY, the Kauto Star Novices Chase could quite well turn out to be the race of the day. With Anibale now favourite followed by FRODON, we’ve gone for Nicholls’ other entry PRESENT MAN. The 6-y-o gelding has won three of his four races so far this season with his only loss coming at Wincanton at the start of November where he unseated Jack Sherwood but apart from that he has put in near faultless displays. Up 3lbs from his latest win at Doncaster, where he beat O O Seven by three lengths, 6/1 looks to be crazy odds. There’s no doubting that Anibale and Frodon will be there or thereabouts but we believe PRESENT MAN’s experience and staying power over 3m will be key and that’s what will guide him to victory. Get him best priced 6/1 at SkyBet HERE.

Christmas Hurdle

Another race which changed dramatically on Friday morning after the well backed Willie Mullins filly VROUM VROUM MAG wasn’t declared. This news has paved the way for the likes of YANWORTH and THE NEW ONE with just five horses declared for this showpiece race. We were looking at the lump on VVM but as she is now not running, we are going for THE NEW ONE. The Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-y-o gelding made an impressive seasonal debut at Cheltenham two weeks ago beating fellow Christmas Hurdle entry MY TENT OR YOURS by 3.5 lengths. He has been notched up 9lbs but having won three out of the five times he’s raced over course and distance, placing in the other two, we are tipping him to make it 2/2 so far this season. Yanworth is his main market rival and rightly so having finished a close 2nd behind Yorkhill in the Neptune at Cheltenham this year and then managing to just get up to beat Lil Rockerfeller in his seasonal reappearance in mid November. But we feel that THE NEW ONE looked rejuvenated at Cheltenham earlier this month and looks as though he’s got a new lease of life. You can get him best priced 2/1 at Bet365 HERE.

King George VI Chase

And now for the biggy. The Manchester United vs Manchester City of the racing world. Thistlecrack vs Cue Card. Going off that opening sentence you might think its a two horse race but it’s not, there are three other runners in the race but we can’t really see any of them posing a threat to the two Colin Tizzard geldings. After winning the World Hurdle at Cheltenham this year, Thistlecrack’s ascent of the chase ranks has so far been an unbeaten one but that has been against horses nowhere near the class of Cue Card. After falling in the Gold Cup, Cue Card has had a mixed start to this season finishing 3.5 lengths behind Irish Cavalier at Wetherby in October but he then went on to absolutely smash 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner CONEYGREE at Haydock by 15 lengths in mid November so he goes into the King George on a high. It really is a case of the apprentice vs his master but we’re going to have to side with the master in Cue Card. Despite winning all of his races over fences fairly comfortably, Thistlecrack’s jumping has slightly concerned us and the fact that now he is going to be up against a horse of Cue Card’s standard, we think it might just be a step too far too soon for Thistlecrack. Cue Card will be on a huge high after his convincing victory at Haydock and we’re backing him to beat his stablemate. New Coral customers can get him boosted to 40/1 HERE.


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