Hope you all had a great Xmas and Boxing Day and are now settling down to a Holiday Sunday of top quality racing from Leopardstown.
By now all the relatives should have realised they’ve outstayed their welcomes and buggered off home and it’s time to get the racing on and relax.
I’ve had two days at Kempton where the look on Alan Kings face as he passed me in the car park would have depressed Santa. This is a yard who I think need to be treated with a little caution as yesterday they had three faves which were backed off the boards. Balder Success who is starting to look like he must work sensationally at home but is surely no Champion Chaser. Every time he’s beat we hear excuses and then he is backed off the boards!
He got well beat yesterday by Special Tiara who hasn’t won for two years which tells you all you need to now. Things then took a turn for the worst as over in Ireland Uxizandre was Kings Raider for the big pot in Ireland. It looked a weak renewal and I had backed him early and watched his price tumble all morning as mountains of cash came. The performance was woeful and he was beaten before the home straight. On that showing theres more chance of Andy Bell winning the Booker Prize than him winning at Cheltenham.
Leg 3 of the King nightmare came in the last at Kempton as Chatez a promising novice was smashed into in the final handicap. I saw one leading pro get several thousand on saying the strength of the message was such that this was the handicap snip of the year. Well it was beat miles out and again won’t be winning at any Festivals.
King is a top Trainer but something is either wrong with the horses or they are being seriously overrated and fingers are being singed badly. I would urge caution in backing faves for a while and see what develops.
Leopardstown is where all eyes will be focussed today for some hugely significant Grade 1’s which will throw up Festival Pointers a plenty.
The star attraction and the Dons bet of the day is the mighty Bob’s Worth in the Lexus Chase @ 2.55 which he won last year in such brave fashion. We haven’t seen him for a long time but I view that as a positive and his reappearance last year was at Haydock which is far too tight a track for him. Henderson will have got plenty of work into him and there’s nothing in here fit to shine his boots. 7/2 Betvictor might look very silly at around 3.10pm. Back him to win and hopefully we get to see him claim another Gold Cup in March.
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