TEMPLEGATE turns his eagle eye to a bonanza of Boxing Day racing action.
Read on to find out who he thinks will land the spoils – and give you an post-Christmas bonus.
CLAN DES OBEAUX (3.00 Kempton, NAP)
Can win the battle of Paul Nicholls’ superstars to land a third King George success. It should be a cracker between him and Cyrname who will be a lot closer than the 21 lengths he was beaten by 12 months ago.
But Clan comes alive at Kempton and ran a cracker when second in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last time.
That was a pretty hard race but his trainer will have left something to work on and this is his season’s target.
HOLD THE NOTE (1.15 Kempton, NB)
Runs over this trip for the first time since his third at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
He has failed to see out three miles this season after travelling well earlier in the races.
He is 5lb lower than that Prestbury Park effort as a result and is capable of bouncing back.
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THE BIG BREAKAWAY (1.50 Kempton, treble)
Didn’t enjoy himself over a shorter trip when second at Exeter last time and will be much happier here.
He jumped well when scoring on debut over this distance at Cheltenham.
That was on heavy but his best hurdling efforts came in better conditions which he should get here.
12.40 Flic Ou Voyou
Takes a drop in class here and has more to come.
1.15 Hold The Note (nb)
Has improved this season and well in at weights today.
1.50 The Big Breakaway (treble)
Classy and will be much happier going back over this trip.
Champion Hurdler who looks on a different level to these.
3.00 CLAN DES OBEAUX (NAP)
Looking for three King Georges in a row and loves it here.
3.35 Push The Tempo
Decent effort in a tough race at Chepstow last time out.
11.50 Tequila Blaze
Went close at Lingfield last time and should be right there again.
12.20 Eagle De Guye
Showed promise when third on chase debut here last time.
12.53 My Strong Man
Yard has a good record in this race and he’s got no weight.
Did the job well when scoring over course and distance latest.
2.05 Snow Leopardess
Battled strongly to score at Haydock and on fair mark today.
2.40 Mint Condition
Decent effort in strong company at Aintree last time out.
Improving with every run and solid effort at Sandown latest.
12.25 Fontaine Collonges
Will enjoy these testing conditions and has had a wind op.
12.59 Cill Anna
Looks capable of much better now she goes chasing.
1.34 Sizing Cusimano
Drops to a more suitable distance from a fair mark.
Has had wind op and saves best for this distance.
2.45 Duc De Beauchene
Solid second at Uttoxeter last time out.
3.19 Keep Moving
Went close at Exeter and doesn’t need a lot more.
3.50 Kandoo Kid
Well bred and made a decent start at Ascot last time out.
1.45 Carey Street
Went close when second over course and distance latest.
2.20 Make It Rain
Consistent and another good run at Lingfield last time out.
2.55 Bashful Boy
Just went down in tight finish at Lingfield latest.
3.30 Misty Grey
Capable of making it three wins in a row here.
4.05 On The Warpath
Solid third at Lingfield and should be right there again.
4.35 Blue Moonrise
Showed promise when fourth on debut at Newcastle last time.
Has joined a shrewd yard and fair mark for handicap debut.
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