2019 Boxing Day Horse Racing Betting Tips from Kempton and Weatherby
The big Boxing Day horse racing fixtures are here and we’ve got betting tips for four of the live ITV races today. See our Boxing Day Kempton betting tips including the King George below.
Three Grade 1 races at Kempton are among highlights of the Boxing Day fixtures with Clan Des Obeaux and Verdana Blue attempting to repeat their King George and Christmas Hurdle victories respectively from last season. All three races feature in this preview alongside a valuable event at Wetherby. All four contests will be televised on ITV racing.
Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices’ Chase – 1.55 Kempton Tip
Staged over 3m, this Grade 1 novices’ chase has attracted Slate House from the Colin Tizzard stable who stepped up in distance when winning over nearly three miles at Huntingdon last time. That win was only a second victory in seven attempts over the larger obstacles and his jumping may not be that reliable.
Among the opponents are the Paul Nicholls duo Danny Whizzbang and Master Tommytucker. The former gelding has yet to be beaten in three races for the trainer and won a three miles event at Newbury last month when beating the useful Reserve Tank.
Harry Cobden will ride the latter horse who has completed just one steeplechase when recording a narrow win on this course last time. He may appreciate this extra distance whereas the more experienced Black Op raced in good company over both fences and hurdles last term but was unable to cope with Champ at Newbury later last month.
Tip – Danny Whizzbang to Win
888Sport Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase – 2.10 Wetherby Tip
For this 3m Grade 3 Chase, locally trained Top Ville Ben returns to Wetherby following his remote fifth-placed effort in the Charlie Hall Chase back in October. He has since finished a close third in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle and needs to be respected especially after finished third later last season behind LostIntranslation at Aintree.
Challengers will include Bennys King from the Dan Skelton Yard. Lightly raced in recent seasons, he has won three of his last four chases including a useful race at Newbury last month when he outstayed Sametegal over 2m6f.
Jonniesofa is another horse worth watching although he has also made few racecourse appearances in the past few seasons. The 9-year-old gelding finished five lengths behind Top Ville Ben at Newcastle but is 3lb better at the weights.
Tip – Top Ville Ben to Win
Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle – 2.30 Kempton Tip
Promising hurdler Fusil Raffles reappears for this 2m Grade 1 hurdle after a workmanlike victory at Wincanton last time although he was described as not being fully fit. The Nicky Henderson trained gelding has won all three hurdle races to date but it was the manner of his victory at this course during February which received rave reviews.
Opposition will be provided by stablemate Verdana Blue who beat Buveur D’air in this race last term but who has won just once in four subsequent races including an outing on the flat back in May. He has yet to race over hurdles this term while Epatante also represents the same yard and was an impressive winner at Newbury on his seasonal appearance.
Of the other contenders, Elixir De Nutz deserves respect and is expected to improve for a defeat at Cheltenham last month on his first appearance since January. He had previously won three successive novice hurdles.
Tip – Fusil Raffles to win
Ladbrokes King George VI Chase – 3.05 Kempton Tip
Trainer Paul Nicholls will be doubly represented in the feature race of the day with six horses declared for this Grade 1 3m chase. Harry Cobden has elected to ride Cyrname from two choices and the Ascot specialist may not have been given the credit he deserved when beating Altior last time. He is a previous course winner and although this will be his first attempt at tackling three miles, he was a Grade 1 winner over 2m5f last term.
Last season’s winner and stable companion Clan Des Obeaux will also be contesting this race but he has not won any of his last three races including a disappointing fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He was also well beaten by Kemboy at Aintree although three miles around this course seems to suit.
A danger to both horses will be Lostintranslation who beat Haydock specialist Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase over three miles and appears equally capable of winning over shorter distances.
It will also be difficult to ignore his stablemate Thistlecrack who was narrowly beaten by Paisley Park last time while Irish contender Footpad will also be a contender after returning to form last time at Thurles following a disappointing campaign last term.
Tip – Lostintranslation to Win
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