Boxing Day Racing
Today we give our Boxing Day racing preview of two significant races and betting advices for Kempton on which will be racing’s biggest day of the year to date.
King George VI Chase – Kempton 15.10
Ruby Walsh has revealed it was a hard decision to pick Champagne Fever over Vautour, Walsh had the option to ride Vautour at Leopardstown in the Racing Post Arkle, but instead he has chosen to partner Champagne Fever in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.
“It will literally break my heart to leave Vautour behind at Leopardstown. He is absolutely bombing right now,” Walsh said in his Irish Examiner column.
“Champagne Fever is the right type of horse for the King George, he jumps great and has pace. But I am under no illusions about the task that faces him and believe Silviniaco Conti will prove a tough nut to crack.”
Timeform top-rated Silviniaco Conti looks the likeliest winner but at a mealy priced 5/2 , the defending champion offers little in value. If Cue Card produced his best then he could go close, albeit he’s had a couple of sub-standard runs this year. Last year’s runner up slot suggests that if producing a re-run of that then odds of 10/1 would be good each-way value.
Walsh’s choice in Champagne Fever is an interesting one. On the card he has a stone to find with Silviniaco Conti and he’s undoubtedly an exciting prospect and at 4/1 looks an each-way saver bet for those treading with caution.
Looking for the value prices in the race, Al Ferof, Dynaste and Menorah offer something for a double your money each-way bettor.
Al Ferof was ear-marked for this last year after his win in 2012 Paddy Power but then suffered a series of injuries. His win in this year’s Amlin Chase shows he’s back to somewhere near his best.
Whether he will stay still needs asking but he is one who was destined for this and connections will feel they have a live each-way contender this year at 6/1.
With front runners such as Cue Card and Champagne Fever, those coming from off the pace could be the ones to concentrate on with MENORAH the one we are siding with.
The Betfair Chase at Haydock confirmed his well being, giving Silviniaco Conti a strong challenge and at a best 9/1 with SkyBet looks a great each-way option.
Ante-Post betting….King George VI
Silviniaco Conti 5/2
Champagne Fever Hill 4/1
Al Ferrof 6/1
Our other bet comes in the earlier Kauto Star Novices’ Chase – Kempton 14.00
With two notebooker’s going in Saphir du Rheu and Sausolito Sunrise. The former is a short priced 11/8 favourite who impressed at Exeter last time out.
He’s sure to finish the season as a leading player in the novice ranks after his hurdling form has carried over into chasing. This is a horse who was rated 165 over hurdles when winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle off top weight?
Though he hasn’t won over three miles, he has good form in bottomless going at 2.5 to suggest that won’t be an issue with Paul Nicholls stating an intermediate trip will not concern him as he has ‘plenty of speed’.
However, value maybe more on SAUSOLITO SUNRISE’S side. Another good hurdler who was rated 146 and Philip Hobbs always thought chasing would be this horse’ forte.
Stamina is no problem and four miles may be the optimum trip but weather dependent could find this race to his liking at a best 9/1 with SkyBet looking another a great each-way option.
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