The King George (Boxing Day, 3.10pm) looks a festive treat at Kempton; can any British-trained challengers give a good Irish entry a run for his or her cash?
It's a battle I've been anticipating with among the strongest fields we've seen for decades. That double champion Silviniaco Conti is 7/1 (with Sky Bet) and fourth inside wagering informs the tale and then he will need to be at their finest become adequate to secure the hat-trick in 2010.
I do believe the Brits may have their particular work cut right out with Don Cossack and Vautour in front of the shortest of the house challengers shopping. That horse is obviously Cue Card who has been cut back to their finest by Colin Tizzard and comes right here from the straight back of a win within the Betfair Chase. Don Cossack is the horse We have currently reinforced and I however think he's a fair bet at 9/4. He is a superstar in Ireland and then he deserves that billing having eventually satisfied the lofty reputation he was saddled with as a newcomer hurdler. He's just been outdone once in his last nine begins, dating back to to October a year ago and that defeat arrived into the Ryanair Chase in which he wasn't disgraced.
Their main challenger comes in the form of Vautour. He had been workmanlike in winning at Ascot on their reappearance but has enhanced considerably for the and I expect you'll see a lot more of the old Vautour that blew us away within the JLT at Cheltenham festival. We will just know of he truly remains the 3 miles whenever push concerns shove and it'll be interesting to see if he does.
Smad Put may be the just other runner with a single figure cost at the moment (8/1) and I also'm happy to see Alan King let his Hennessy winner take his chance. He will no doubt evoke memories of Desert Orchid, which won this 3 times, as he holds significantly more than a passing similarity to my all-time favourite racehorse. I'ven't seen anything to sway me personally and I also'm satisfied with my ante-post bet on Don Cossack for Gordon Elliott and then he's my main fancy throughout the Christmas period.