All the latest news about the Christmas racing season, stolen from elsewhere and presented to you in this bitesize format.
– Whilst Kauto Star’s surprise win in the Betfair Chase brought a smile to the face and an increase to the account balance of a lot of the racing public, his owner Clive Smith is treating it more as a nice addendum to the twilight days of his career rather than a renaissance. Smith says that Kauto has been chatting, laughing and generally having the banter around the Nicholls yard since winning at Haydock, but although he looks to shaping up well for an attempt at a 5th King George VI Chase at Kempton, there’s a chance he’ll be wrapped up in cotton wool until the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
– The horses that finished 1st and 2nd in the Paddy Power Likes You To Say Paddy Power As Much As Possible And To As Many People As Possible Gold Cup in Cheltenham last month are going to do battle once again this week. Great Endeavour and Quantitativeeasing were the duo on tat occasion and both horses are being aimed at the Spinal Research The Atlantic 4 Gold Cup, often referred to as the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham this Saturday.
– Paul Nicholls has decided that the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton is going to be Rock On Ruby’s main target for the Yuletide season. His charge had been one of the leading contenders for the Ladbroke Hurdle, but he goes for the Christmas Hurdle. “He goes for the Christmas Hurdle,” said Nicholls just in case you thought we were lying.
– At this point, we’re basically just cutting and pasting stuff from the Racing Post website, but we’ll run the risk of legal action one more time to tell you Quito De La Roque is missing the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown this weekend and is instead going for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Chrimbo. The member of the Ryanair stable is unbeaten in his last 5 starts, but he’s likely to face a tough challenge when the English trainers decide which of their chasers to send over in a bid to take the few euros that remain in the country.
Random Paddy Power Employee Christmas Tip Of The Day
Marian Duff – Advertising Analyst who’s social
“My usual method of picking winners by following the smuggest person at the racecourse doesn’t really apply here so I’ve gone with the somewhat risky using my own opinion approach. I’m tipping Captain Chris in the King George. He’s had a few good runs in the past plus his name reminds me of Captain Morgan’s; ’tis the season after all.”