It is a massive day forward for Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls who will saddle a few good probabilities within the King George in addition to having different runners on Kempton’s Boxing Day card and a few sturdy contenders at Wincanton…
Going for that particular one thing
A pleasant prospect from France who made fairly an impression on his debut by romping house by a large margin over hurdles at Compiegne. He was additionally positioned twice over fences earlier than becoming a member of us in the summertime once we gave him a wind op to type out just a little problem along with his respiratory.
As Envoye Particular was a bit eager on his arrival at Ditcheat we’ve been making an attempt to get him to calm down on the gallops so I used to be delighted with the way in which he settled on his first begin for us at Plumpton early this month.
Whereas he confronted an not possible job there towards the purple sizzling favorite Kalashnikov he jumped soundly earlier than preserving on to complete a distant second.
He ought to run okay in what appears to be like a sizzling race.
Will he be on prime?
I really like this horse who comes right here in nice form after a extremely encouraging return to motion at Exeter the place he gave himself a mountain to climb when he misplaced twenty lengths as he panicked and half whipped spherical after being startled by the starter’s flag.
It was an unlucky incident which I’m certain won’t occur once more as a result of there may be not an oz of malice in Topofthegame.
Within the circumstances he did amazingly nicely to make up virtually all of the misplaced floor and end solely three and a half lengths behind Defi Du Seuil. He’ll respect the step up in journey right here in what appears to be like a correct Grade 1 Novice Chase.
Topofthegame jumps nicely, was at all times going to be a chaser and I am excited to be working him in a race I like to focus on. It’s shaping as much as be the most effective races over the vacation interval.
Fantastic type to compete
A excessive class horse who continues in positive type at house and comes right here off the again of a tidy win within the Group 2 Chase at Ascot over two miles 5 furlongs the place he was in entrance before perfect.
The type of that race has been nicely franked by each the runner up Charbel and the fourth Benatar and its additionally encouraging that Politologue is unbeaten at Kempton.
He’s a magic jumper of a fence and has the right mix of pace and stamina so he has quite a bit going for him within the King George which is the largest problem of his life.
Though he has but to win over three miles I haven’t got any doubts about him getting the journey with Sam seeking to play his playing cards late. Reside likelihood in a cracking race.
Extra rain means a much bigger likelihood
The extra it rains at Kempton the higher for Clan Des Obeaux who ran very nicely within the Betfair Chase at Haydock towards the very best staying chasers round ending simply over 4 lengths behind the Gold Cup winner Native River.
It was like a promising younger participant having his first sport within the Premiership and he can solely enhance for the expertise.
Harry Cobden could be very eager on Clan Des Obeaux who’s barely higher going proper handed and can get the journey.
I’ve little doubt there’s a massive race in him and I can not wait to see how he will get on.
Backwards and forwards
He hasn’t fairly lived as much as our expectations over hurdles however bounced again to type off a modest mark on the flat at Tub within the autumn after a wind op.
He has been crushed a few instances since on the all climate and judged on his fifth behind Fidux at Ascot early in November it appears to be like as if he’s up towards it right here regardless that he was dropped 1lb after Ascot.
Divin Bere would additionally choose higher floor than he’s prone to get at Kempton the place we’re stepping him as much as two and a half miles for the primary time.
Irritating however nonetheless a glimmer of hope
He could possibly be attention-grabbing on his handicap debut though he’s a bit tough and must put his greatest foot ahead after blowing his likelihood final time at Taunton by hanging proper handed within the closing levels which is one thing he has performed earlier than.
We have tried a number of issues to find why he does it and have not provide you with any solutions which is irritating.
Whereas I can not be too assured about Southfield Torr’s probabilities he’s constant and has the power to win a race likes this off his present mark of 104 with Bryony Frost using him for the primary time.
Greatest likelihood on Boxing day
She is proving a wise recruit to hurdles as I anticipated, is suited by the circumstances of the race and with Lorcan Williams’ declare cancelling out the penalty ought to be profitable this with out coming off the bridle.
I used to be assured Posh Trish would flip the shape spherical with Lust For Glory final time at Newbury and cherished the way in which she jumped there earlier than coming clear on the flat.
Hopefully she will be able to have a pleasant little faculty spherical at Wincanton earlier than we increase our sights along with her within the New Yr.
Ten out of ten
The bottom ought to be good for Rhythm is a Dancer who has a beautiful racing weight of ten stone in a greater class of race than he has been contesting thus far.
When you can query the worth of the shape in a few of his current victories he’s a type of horses that retains profitable and at all times appears to drag out a bit extra when it’s required.
We all know he goes nicely at Wincanton as he has already received there twice and he would possibly simply be the joker within the pack on this from 3lbs out of the weights.
Blinkers over cheek items
It’s disappointing that Captain Buck’s has but to win over fences from ten begins regardless of shaping as if he can accomplish that on a couple of event.
He hasn’t actually been ending his races this season. So we gave him a day’s looking final week ridden by Natalie Parker when the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale pack met at house and he appeared to actually benefit from the change of routine.
We’re additionally making an attempt blinkers on him now as a substitute of the standard cheek items and Lorcan Williams takes a useful 5lbs off his again.
Did not shine on his debut at Fontwell final season over an insufficient journey however confirmed the advantage of a wind op over the summer time with a a lot improved show when profitable a bumper readily at this monitor in November, main two furlongs out and drawing clear late on.
A pleasant prospect, he picked up a 7lbs penalty for that success so as soon as once more it is smart to make use of Lorcan’s declare.
Able to run
A giant, scopey half-brother to Cue Card, he price £80,000 at Tattersalls Eire November sale at Cheltenham late final 12 months. After taking some time to return at hand he’s prepared for a run now and is sure to learn from the expertise.
Hugos Different Horse is one for the longer term and given his dimension and breeding you’d think about he’ll come into his personal over fences.
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