There is not many more eventful days of horse racing than on Boxing Day, when a number of the season’s finest horses take to the track at Kempton for William Hill Winter Festival Boxing Day.
William Hill King George VI Chase (Grade 1)
The King George IVth Chase is again set to be as competitive as ever, with Betfair Chase winner Cue Card, one of the market leaders.
Colin Tizzard’s 7-year-old has the best form going into this one, following the four-and-a-half length win over some extremely talented rivals at Haydock.
Dynatse finished second on that occasion and he is also 3/1 co favourite with Cue Card and Al Ferof. The former challenged well but did not have enough to compete with the winner late on.
Al Ferof returns for his second run back after injury and has heaps of potential. He won well last time and is likely to stay the distance, so this one is sure to be a real heated contest.
Silviniaco Conti is 9/2 with Paddy Power for the big one, after finishing third behind Cue Card and Dynaste. He has some good form and is a likely each-way contender.
Long Run is a two-time winner of this race and has been a true champion in the past, however things have gone downhill lately so the odds of 10/1 are fair.
williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1)
The Christmas Hurdle is the race prior to the King George and it is lined up to be equally as competitive. The New One is currently 3/1 favourite for next year’s Champion Hurdle and will take on rival My Tent Or Yours in this.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ 5-year-old won well at Cheltenham last time out when beating Zarkander and is unbeaten so far this term. He has proved just how good he is and can be, however he still may improve further.
Nicky Henderson’s class act, My Tent Or Yours ran superbly to win the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on his return and put himself in strong contention for the 2014 Champion Hurdle.
He is currently 11/10 second favourite with Bet365 for a race that could give punters a strong indication as to who is the real favourite going into next year’s festival.
Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (In Memory Of Nigel Clark) (Formerly The Feltham Novices’ Chase) (Grade 1)
The other major race is the 14:00 Novices’ Chase, with Paul Nicholls’ Just A Par as short as 1/2 with Paddy Power. He beat 4/1 shot, Third Intention by 14 lengths at Newbury and looks in fine shape to add another win to his name.
Green Flag is currently 9/2 with Bet Victor and he is 3-3 when chasing, with all win’s coming over about 3m distance. Annacotty and Buachaill Alainn need to improve massively to play a part in what is sure to be another thriller.
Dubai Prince is sure to run well in the first race of the day, whilst Ericht and Urbain De Sivola represent decent value in the second. A P McCoy rides Twelve Roses in the last, who is expected to put in a fine effort.
BET OF THE DAY:
2.35 – The New One at Evens with Paddy Power
3.10 – Cue Card at 7/2 with Bet Victor
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