Just the 11 race meetings across the UK today and there is plenty for everyone!
We have the 32Red.com Christmas hurdle and 32Red.com King George VI chase at Kempton, where both races are battles of form vs potential.
In the Christmas hurdle we have the form horse in The New One, rated 176 and looked impressive at Cheltenham last time out. The New One has a fantastic record at Kempton recording 2-1-1-2-1 in his last 5 starts.
He goes up against the improving Yanworth for Alan King, Yanworth finished 2nd to Yorkhill in the Nepture at the Cheltenham festival back in March and made a winning return last month at Ascot.
The bookies have Yanworth as an 11/8 favourite with The New One as a 7/4 second favourite, personally I think it should be the other way round!
I’ve already touched on the King George in my previous posts but I’m sure Thistlecrack will go off favourite with the bookies!
I particularly like the look of two short ones, the first is over at Down Royal (1:55) where The Storyteller 4/5 runs for Gordon Elliott in a maiden hurdle. He finished 2nd last time out when 1.75L behind Monalee.
Monalee has since finished 2nd in a grade 2 finishing 1.5L in front of Willie Mullins’ Invitation Only. The main challenge is likely to come from the 200k winning pointer Monbeg Chit Chat.
The other short one runs in a Novices Hurdle at Wetherby (12:10), Warren Greatrexs’ The Nipper 10/11 makes her hurdles debut after winning 3 bumpers, the last being a listed bumper at Sandown.
The horse behind The Nipper that day was Colin’s Sister who has gone on to score three times over hurdles, with the latest being a 6l win in a listed contest at Sandown.
Reportedly been jumping very well at home and Warren has been quoted saying ‘she could be high class’.
Three others I will looking at are Castello Sforza at Leopardstown (12:45) 15/8, Caprice D’Anglais (1:20) 2/1 and Bendomingo (12:15) 7/2 over at Huntingdon.
Oh and for the fans of the flat we have a mini Frankel running in the 2:05 at Wolverhampton, Wishing Time 15/8. Frankel needs no introduction but the Dam was a winner over 5 and 6 F and had group 3 success .