Horse Racing tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s 6 Kempton Park Boxing Day best bets

Mick fancies Clan Des Obeaux to take the King George.

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The King George VI Chase is the traditional Boxing Day showpiece at Kempton, and what a race we have in store this year with Irish interest in it, which makes for a cracking contest. We’ll get to that in good time, but there’s plenty of other cracking races on Sunday’s card too…

12:45Broomfield Burg

Broomfield Burg was beaten at Cheltenham but they have taken the hood off him which should help. This is a race Nicky Henderson has won several times and Broomfield Burg can add to that impressive list.

13:20 – Bothwell Bridge

Bothwell Bridge was super impressive jumping around Sandown, and he should have improved for his run. The wind operation he had over the summer has helped too. At this track he will be tough to pass. Mister Coffey is a big danger, but I feel going right-handed may not suit him as well as jumping left-handed. He definitely showed a tendency to go left over the last few fences at Newbury. If he jumps straight, he is a danger.


Kempton Races jumps

13:55 – Bravemansgame

Ahoy Senor looked really good at Newbury. He jumped beautifully and is a definite contender for top staying chase honours, however, Bravemansgame looked so good at Haydock and Newton Abbot that I feel at this time of the year, and at this track, he will be very tough to beat. When we get to Cheltenham it will be a different story and I would prefer Ahoy Senor then.

14:30 – Epatante

Not So Sleepy and Epatante dead-heated at Newcastle last month. I was a little disappointed with Epatante there, but I’m hoping with that run under her belt she will improve and be tough to beat. If there is to be a surprise it could well be Tritonic, who won a very competitive handicap hurdle nicely at Ascot. He likes the track and he’s a player.



15:05 – Clan Des Obeaux

I won the King George for Paul Nicholls and the man is a genius. When he targets a horse at a race he is brilliant at it. I feel he has prepared Clan Des Obeaux‘s whole season around this one, and he will be spot on. He’s a two-time winner of this contest, loves the track, and the ground is not a problem either.

Frodon was a game winner last year and again is a player after his win at Down Royal. Minella Indo is the reigning Gold Cup hero, but the 3m at Kempton may find him out as it looked like Down Royal did, although Henry de Bromhead is ahead of the game and has put cheek pieces on him. That is really good thinking.

Asterion Forlonge was travelling well when coming down in the John Durkan but is held by Chantry House on Marsh Chase running. Chantry House could well be the improver, he is not flashy but ticks a lot of boxes for this race. Clan Des Obeaux gets the nod but Chantry House is right behind him.

15:40 Kempton – Commanche Red (Each-Way)

Commanche Red is a winner at the track over fences and is still well handicapped. Any rain that falls is a plus too. He ran well at Plumpton in a decent handicap and is a lively outsider in a competitive event.

Mick Fitzgerald tips:

12:45 Kempton – Broomfield Burg
13:20 Kempton – Bothwell Bridge

13:55 Kempton – Bravemansgame
14:30 Kempton – Epatante
15:05 Kempton – Clan Des Obeaux
15:40 Kempton – Commanche Red (Each-Way)


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