Whistlejacket’s big race reviews and pointers: Kempton
The King George VI Chase left more questions than answers. Whilst Clan Des Obeaux was a worthy winner, he is by no means certain to even make the frame in the Gold Cup. Thistlecrack will be 11 by the time of the Gold Cup, Might Bite bled and probably won’t be effective for the rest of the campaign.
Bristol de Mai’s race was a bit of a car crash so the only English Gold Cup contender in my book is Native River who ran a good race particularly as he is better left handed and seemed not to settle early.
Straight to the top
The Irish contenders have yet to show their hand but if one or two of them show up particularly well in the Savills chase tomorrow, they will go straight to the top of the Gold Cup lists. I know that Bellshill has always been well thought of by the Mullins team and he is the one I like currently at 20-1 each way for the Gold Cup.
What are we to make of the Christmas Hurdle? My own view is that we now have the chance to back Buveur d’Air at 7-4 for the Champion Hurdle with Coral rather than odds on before the race.
It wasn’t Geraghty’s greatest ride, for even with the hurdling mistake, he got to the front too early. He won’t make the same mistake in March.
Nicky Henderson didn’t have the greatest day on Boxing Day with Santini losing as well. However, as a prep for the RSA Chase it was pretty impressive. I backed him at 6-1 for the RSA before his win first up this season. Even at 4-1 currently he is a decent bet as I think he will be 2-1 or shorter come March.