We got a lovely each-way Yankee up last weekend I’m raring for action once again when Boxing Day and the King George VI Chase swings around. You hear me Paddy? Merry Christmas!
Let’s get straight into Saturday’s action at Kempton and there’s a novices’ handicap chase at 1.25pm over an extended 2m4f.
In a tricky event, have a few quid each-way on SIRABAD, who steps up in trip and might still be capable of better for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
It’s the Grade 1 Kauto Star novices’ chase at Kempton at 2pm, and the one I like is TEA FOR TWO, who looked awesome when scoring in the West Country on his chase debut. This is tough, but if he stays this horse could be really good for Nick Williams but there is a stamina doubt.
The Christmas Hurdle (2.35pm) won’t be much of a betting race for many, with my favourite FAUGHEEN sure to be very short odds. He should bounce back to his best. Maybe a forecast with The New One. Just lump on Faugheen now for the Champion.
Finally at Kempton it’s the King George at 3.10pm, and I’m sticking with the highest-rated in the race DON COSSACK. This is his biggest test for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, but he’s a monster when on song (the Cossack I mean!).
With an absolute smash-up of action all over the UK and Ireland we head to the 3m Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby at 1.45pm. I like DOLATULO to run a big one for Warren Greatrex. This horse is a dour stayer, ran really well over the big fences at Aintree last time and may find himself back there next April.
Leopardstown hosts the first of four days of fantastic racing on the 26th also and RASHAAN (1.20pm) has a great chance in the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle. Double it up with last year’s Supreme Novice Hurdle winner and this season’s Arkle contender DOUVAN (2.55pm) who will be odds-on in a hot novice chase there.
So have a great Boxing Day’s racing and I’ll be back to preview Sunday’s Paddy Power Day at Leopardstown and the Welsh National at Chepstow. Yeeehaaa!