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Kempton 12.45 – Goshen
I’m going to take a chance on GOSHEN. I always thought he’d stay further than 2m4f nad might take to chasing but he was awful at Ascot on debut. He looked like a horse with no confidence over those sort of obstacles and was much improved reverting to hurdles last time.
He stayed well as a three-year-old and, although that’s no guarantee he’ll stay 3m over hurdles, he’s never looked like a short runner. He might need to be nursed through it to some degree but he’s got at least as much talent as Champ and Paisley Park. He makes more appeal than either of those. It’ll suit if he can make the running. He’s the bet in this at the prices.
Kempton 13.20 – McFabulous
MCFABULOUS has been very impressive on both starts since pulling up on chase debut. Thyme Hill couldn’t give him much of a race at Newbury because the difference in their jumping was huge. I wouldn’t want to be piling into McFabulous if the ground softens up considerably. If they do get more rain that would be a concern for me. If it stays away he should be fine.
Galia Des Liteaux’s form is all on soft ground and I would be inclined to back her if they do get more rain and it turns genuinely soft. If not, this should be left to McFabulous.
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Wetherby 13.35 – Shan Blue
This is a smashing race, one of the best of the entire festive period, but there’s a lot of horses that have got to the top of their handicap marks already. SHAN BLUE, who would have won the Charlie Hall by half a track last season, looks well handicapped off 148. If he’d have won the Charlie Hall he’d have gone up by a stone.
He goes well fresh and this looks a great starting point. He’d have to be very short for me not to want to back him. It’s too generous a handicap mark. Sean Quinlan’s a terrific substitute jockey. He’s going to take a hell of a lot of beating.
Kempton 13.55 – Constitution Hill
CONSTITUTION HILL looked absolutely astonishing at Newcastle. He did it so easily but his jumping was almost frightening to watch – he was so low and so fast at his hurdles. That’s the marker of a proper champion.
If you get an inch of rain beforehand then Metier could be one for the forecast, but he wants it genuinely heavy. You could argue that Sceau Royal has half a chance of filling the forecast spot but he doesn’t want it soft.
It should be a case of Constitution Hill winning and Epatante filling the frame again. There’s no great punting angle but sometimes at Christmas you’ve got to turn on the TV and enjoying something. This should be one of those occasions.
Kempton 14.30 – Royale Pagaille
King George VI Chase
The one I’ve gone for in terms of value is ROYALE PAGAILLE. The more rain that falls the better but he’s perfectly good on good-to-soft ground. He’s a course-and-distance winner and hopefully he’ll be ready for this. Although Venetia Williams’ go well after a break, he did have a bit of an issue. He doesn’t have much to find but I wouldn’t be piling into him at single figures. I think he’ll run well and is a sporting each-way bet. He’ll enjoy this more than a few and hopefully that will take him into the frame.
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