Back in the saddle again…and all eyes will be on Kempton for the King George. We have already expressed our views on that one (“It Might be a merry Christmas”), but we will be staying on to watch the last (1540).
Last year this was won by the progressive Doesyourdogbite, and the regressive version of the same horse had been attracting money despite barely beating a rival in the intervening 12 months. He will pop up somewhere but we’ll overlook him here.
We aren’t blown away by the top of the market, but are surprised to see last week’s Ascot winner Golan Fortune at relatively long odds given he gets to run off the same rating here. There was no fluke in tidily beating a well backed favourite with 15 lengths back to the rest, and a repeat of that could be enough.
Over at Leopardstown the clash between Footpad and Death Duty should excite the massive Stephen’s Day crowds. We have our eyes on Footpad for the Arkle and as the quicker horse he should prevail.
The bet on the card has to be in the following handicap chase (1455). Novices in handicaps are always worth backing, the market here though may be overplaying the oft-hyped Landofhopeandglory whose eye catching connections always trim a few points from the SP.
We prefer the claims of fellow novice Blast Of Koeman. This 6yo was impressive in victory at Fairyhouse last time and looks well in off just 123. His hold up style is likely to see this switch to big field handicaps suit, and plenty of improvement could be pending.
Blast Of Koeman, (1455 Leopardstown), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available
Golan Fortune, (1540 Kempton), 1pt win, 9/1 Paddy Power
Blast Of Koeman & Golan Fortune, 0.5pt each way double, approx 69/1
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