MERRY CHRISTMAS everybody!
For punters Christmas is, after all, all in regards to the King George at Kempton, and as soon as once more the function takes centre stage in a present on the principle ITV channel that options at splash of Wetherby as properly.
Let’s get straight to it, and the 1.20pm is a restricted novices’ handicap chase over an prolonged 2m4f.
Matt Chapman is the face of racing on ITV – and is right here to select you a winner
MISTER WHITAKER is an actual improver for Mick Channon, and hacked up final time having run properly at Fontwell on his earlier begin. He may very well be onerous to maintain out the body.
It is the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase over 3m at 1.55pm. That is huge open, and I just like the look of BALLYOPTIC, who stays very robust.
I am unsure he was at his greatest when crushed by Black Corton final time and he can reverse that type for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Not a lot to say in regards to the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle over 2m at 2.30pm. Reigning champion hurdler Buveur d’Air ought to win for Nicky Henderson and The New One ought to end second. Simple.
Matt Chapman’s TV ideas
1.20 Kempton – MISTER WHITAKER: ‘An actual improver and hacked up final time, may very well be onerous to maintain out the body’ (add to your betslip)
1.55 Kempton – BALLYOPTIC: ‘Stays very robust and might reverese the shape with Black Corton’ (add to your betslip)
2.10 Wetherby – WAKANDA: ‘I count on him to be no less than within the first three right here’ (add to your betslip)
2.30 Kempton – BUVEUR D’AIR: ‘Reigning champion hurdler and may win straightforward’ (add to your betslip)
three.05 Kempton – MIGHT BITE: ‘Ought to have many of the subject crushed by midway!’ (add to your betslip)
The principle occasion – the King George – is at three.05pm and amazingly MIGHT BITE is likely one of the lowest rated horses within the Grade 1, however ought to have many of the subject crushed by midway.
I do not envisage a hazard, until Thistlecrack comes proper again to his greatest. Would possibly Chew the choice for Nicky Henderson, who received the King George twice with Lengthy Run.
Over at Wetherby, ITV present the Grade three Rowland Meyrick over 3m at 2.10pm. WAKANDA wasn’t fairly at his greatest at Newcastle final time, however I count on him to be no less than within the first three right here.
He is a stable front-running jumper at a peak for Sue Smith.
So better of luck and let’s hope for a Yeeehaaa or two. You Betcha!
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