I hope everyone had a very enjoyable Christmas Day yesterday and overindulged suitably. Boxing Day racing can provide all the entertainment you need while you recover from yesterday’s exertions. The pick of the action comes from Kempton Park with the King George, Feltham and Christmas Hurdle taking centre stage.
There is an epic battle in prospect in the Christmas Hurdle with two Champion Hurdle contenders going head to head. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ The New One showed a good attitude to win at Cheltenham last time and is progressing very nicely. However, he faces perhaps his sternest test to date as Nicky Henderson’s My Tent Or Yours opposes. AP McCoy’s mount won in good style in the Fighting Fifth on his return and should be a lot sharper for that run. The ground won’t be an issue for him and the track should suit his style of running. For these reasons and the fact I slightly prefer his form to The New One he gets the vote in a fascinating contest.
The King George is a Christmas cracker this year with several chasing superstars in attendance. Cue Card was very impressive in the Betfair Chase and warrants respect here. Although his performance in last year’s race is off putting (despite the heavy going). Silviniaco Conti travelled into the Gold Cup like the winner before falling heavily and returned with a promising run to build upon when behind Cue Card at Haydock. With that run under his belt and conditions to suit he is entitled to go very close here. However, the vote goes to the other Nicholl’s runner, Al Ferof. The 2011 Supreme Novices Hurdle winner is still full of potential and appears to be much more comfortable over a longer trip since being sent over fences. He had a very nice return when facing just the one rival and I am very excited to see him over 3 miles for the first time, a trip I believe he will relish. The track should suit as well and I would be hugely disappointed if he is not bang there at the finish.
Fontwell Tips: Shalianzi 12-20, Seventh Hussar 12-55, Spirit Oscar 1-30, Morestead 2-05, Reggie Perrin 2-45, Alteranthela 3-20 and Rosoff 3-50
Kempton Tips: Amore Alato 12-50, Western Warhorse 1-25, Just A Par 2-00, My Tent Or Yours 2-35, Al Ferof 3-10 and Junction Fourteen 3-45
Market Rasen Tips: Iktiview 12-25, Silver Dragon 1-00, Bobcatbilly 1-35, Merlins Wish 2-10, Barenger 2-45 and Focail Maith 3-20
Towcester Tips: Barton Gift 12-45, Come On Laurie 1-20, Baby Shine 1-55, Trozulon 2-30, Bill The Lad 3-05 and Fred Le Macon 3-40
Wetherby Tips: Mr Supreme 12-35, Catcher Star 1-10, Tullamore Dew 1-45, Vinny Gambini 2-20, Shadows Lengthen 2-55 and Dollar Bill 3-30
Wincanton Tips: Bobble Boru 12-30, Agapanthus 1-05, Holywell 1-40, Champagne West 2-15, Young Hurricane 2-50, Lord Of House 3-25 and Master Max 3-55
Wolverhampton Tips: Masamah 1-40, Broadway Ranger 2-10, Resolute 2-40, String Theory 3-15, Six Silver Lane 3-45, Fresa 4-15 and Barbados Bob 4-45