FIVE To Comply with: Boxing Day Bonanza

FIVE To Follow: Boxing Day Bonanza

After sleeping off two full plates of Christmas dinner and mince pies galore, we transfer to the most effective day of the festive interval. Boxing Day. And what a bonanza of racing now we have on provide. FIVE Grade One’s from everywhere in the British Isles, and all coated in a particular FIVE to Comply with.



Auld Lang Syne

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1:20 – Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade One) – Giovinco @ 11/4 (William Hill)

I’ve issues with the highest two out there. Hermes Allen has by no means gone over three miles earlier than. And the French raider Il Est Francais has by no means gone on something firmer than very smooth.

The going might show to catch a few of these horses out and Giovinco will relish it. He was unfortunate at Sandown with issues being attributable to a unfastened horse, but it surely’s clear he’s a stayer and a sharper observe would be the trick.


Royal Message

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1:55 – Christmas Hurdle (Grade One) – Sceau Royal @ 16/1 (PLACE) (William Hill)

Structure Hill is just not solely the most effective hurdler on the planet proper now, he’s most likely the most effective there’s going to be for the last decade to return. There’s no surprise he’s such brief odds, it’s a case of title the gap with him.

However to get near him I’ve gone with an outdated title. Sceau Royal could also be an 11-year-old however he’ll nonetheless know his method spherical Kempton Park just like the again of his hand. Rubaud has by no means fairly reduce the mustard when it comes to performances and might be put towards the sword by the outdated grasp.


Boxing Banker

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2:30 – King George VI Chase (Grade One) – Allaho @ 7/4 (Common)

Ever since Bravemansgame was overwhelmed twice this season, I doubted he’d really coming right here. I worry that he’s been overraced and gained’t be as much as the usual we noticed him final yr. Then the would possibly of Willie Mullins determined to get a look-in. Allaho appears tailored for this race, particularly with Paul Townend ditching the standard St. Stephen motion at Leopardstown. Allaho has gained the Punchestown Gold Cup and has all the time completed with loads within the tank when successful his two Ryanair’s. He’s the one to beat.

One who I feel could be very overpriced is a Grade One winner everybody has dismissed. The Actual Whacker beat Gerri Colombe in final yr’s Brown Advisory and had that kind boosted at first of November. Handicap Firm proved slightly an excessive amount of and is in most well-liked race situations right here. The bottom ought to go well with, and I’ve a sense coach Patrick Neville has had this race in thoughts because the begin of the season. Actually price one thing at 17/2 (BetVictor, Unibet, Betfred).



Technically The Tolworth

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1:05 – William Hill Formby Novices’ Hurdle (Grade One) – Farren Glory @ 3/1 (Betfred)

It’s fairly uncommon we see an Irish raider on this race, however perhaps it’s as a result of the Irish don’t have far to journey off the ferry? However we get to see a Grade One successful novice hurdler on our shores earlier than most of ours have had two runs. And Farren Glory appeared an actual good kind when upsetting the chances at Fairyhouse and beating stablemate King Of Kingsfield by one-and-a-half lengths. It’s very often as of late, we don’t have the most effective novices anymore.

One to benefit from the situations at a worth is Favour And Fortune. It’s clear he has a choice for smooth floor, even when he’s versatile on kind. There hasn’t been a lift from his win at Wetherby, however a lot of his rivals would like there to be much less rain up North. Sadly, they gained’t be getting it. He’s price a poke at double figures, 10/1 (BetVictor, Betfred, Boylesports).



A St. Stephen Star

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2:20 – Racing Put up Novice Chase (Grade One) – Facile Vega @ 1/3 (Common)

With organisers seeking to eliminate one of many three novice chases right here, an argument could also be given to this one and its lack of runners. Solely 4 flip up for this yr’s renewal and not more than seven have turned up for one previously ten years.

And with the dearth of runners comes the dearth of worth. Facile Vega will win it merely due to his high quality, and the dearth of opposition. Sharjah might show to be helpful, even on the ripe outdated age of 10, and Mullins gained’t hassle giving a sniff to the 2 different horses. For higher worth a tricast on the 2 Mullins runners, plus Cheltenham winner My Mate Mozzie, might pay one thing again.

The perfect of luck!

Author: Patrick Thomas