As we speak’s Chepstow card has been deserted however there may be glorious racing on either side of the Irish Sea to look ahead to this weekend.
We begin our preview at Kempton Park and Reserve Tank is a late defection from the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase for Colin Tizzard and I hope to see Grasp Tommytucker (1.15) put behind his fall on the fourth final right here within the 3m Grade 1 Kauto Star Chase right here on Boxing Day. The choice drops again in journey by half a mile this afternoon and did bounce barely out to his left final time, which is a slight trigger for concern, however he had appeared a promising type when scoring right here on his chase debut when he beat Who Dares Wins who reopposes this afternoon.
Do word that coach Paul Nicholls dispenses with the hood which the choice has worn for his two begins to this point this time period. The choice is 5/2 at BetVictor.
The filly Fujimoto Flyer (1.50) is fitted with a hood for the primary time by Emmet Mullins however she is taken to keep up her unbeaten file over timber within the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle. The Irish raider is 10/1 for subsequent month’s Triumph Hurdle with BetVictor and seven/four to make it three out of three over timber later at this time. The juvenile was no nice shakes on the extent however has appeared a pure over timber profitable each begins by an mixture of 27 lengths.
The unbeaten Buzz was reported by Nicky Henderson to have been all the way down to Henrietta Knight for a interval of intensive education forward of the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle and he should go shut in a race that the secure have saddled the winner of 3 times up to now seven years.
The every manner vote, nonetheless, goes to West Cork (three.02) who has gained his final couple of begins and can have the race run to swimsuit with Freeway One O Two, seemingly, assured to take them alongside at an honest clip.
4 of the primary 5 dwelling within the £100,000 3m Handicap Chase are within the area once more this yr, however my two in opposition to the sector are Simply A Sting and Dashing Perk (three.35) with choice for the latter even though he stepping as much as this journey for the primary time and is 2lbs out of the weights.
The choice was given an aggressive trip by Richard Johnson when runner up at Sandown final time and he’s not assured to understand this journey despite the fact that he’s a winner between the flags. The every manner choice is 12/1 at BetVictor who’re betting four locations on this 14-runner contest.
The Eider Chase is the function race at Newcastle and Hugo ‘N Taz seems positive to go shut for David Pipe having made such a formidable British debut when scoring at Market Rasen and a 10lbs rise seems truthful such was the benefit of his success. At 5/1 with BetVictor he should go shut however marginal choice is for Alminar (2.45) who was a formidable winner in his first-time blinkers at Chepstow final time. The every manner choice is 12/1 at BetVictor and Danny Prepare dinner takes over within the saddle.
The Winter Derby at Lingfield seems a match between Bangkok (three.15) and Dubai Warrior and the Andrew Balding skilled four-year-old will get a slender vote. The choice was a cushty winner on his all-weather debut over at this time’s C&D in a quick time final month and I hope there’s a respectable gallop which isn’t all the time the case on this Group three contest.
Almufti (three.50) overcame hassle in operating to attain cosily from a 4lbs decrease mark in a slowly run race final time, however he was properly on prime ultimately and a 4lbs rise seems truthful. Arcanada is more likely to make it a more true check this afternoon which ought to swimsuit the Hugo Palmer-trained four-year-old.
The spotlight of Fontwell’s season is Sunday’s Grade 2 Recreation Spirit Chase and Olly Murphy’s Thomas Darby seems positive to be all the trend having gained at Ascot final time on his return to hurdles having been crushed in each chase begins earlier within the marketing campaign. Marginal choice, nonetheless, is for William Henry (three.20) who failed to remain three miles behind Paisley Park final time and is rated simply 2lbs inferior to the possible market chief.
Nicholls saddles two within the Hunter Chase with each Alcala and Bob And Co (four.50) trying to qualify for the Foxhunters at Cheltenham subsequent month. The choice is a French recruit to the yard who appeared probably sensible on this sphere when scoring by a distance at Bangor-on-Dee on his British debut.
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