We’ll see as many as three Grade Ones take place and the feature race is the King George VI Chase, which gets underway at 3.10pm.
Nine runners will head to post for this year’s renewal and you might just struggle to find a better field anywhere this season.
Don Cossack is the horse leading the way in the betting for Gordon Elliot and Bryan Cooper. He’s around the 2/1 mark and should go very close here.
The horse bolted up at both the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals back in the spring, leaving some top class rivals a long way behind and this season, he has had two wins from two – although he hasn’t yet had to come out of second gear.
You might have a few doubts about this horse for the Gold Cup, but for this race, things look just about ideal. Don Cossack should love the track and should also take plenty of beating.
It’s going to be far from easy for Elliot’s charge though as Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh team up with the excellent Vautour here, who is at 7/2.
This horse was the most impressive winner of the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham back in March and it left many saying it was the best performance they have seen from a Novice at the Festival.
This is Vautour’s first go at three miles, but there aren’t too many doubts about him staying. You could, however, have doubts about him here at Kempton going right handed as he didn’t seem to enjoy going this way when winning in workmanlike fashion at Ascot last time out.
There’s a theory that this horse peaks in the spring and his two best performances have come at Cheltenham in March, but you cannot ignore his class and if at his best, he’ll go close.
Cue Card would have been a massive price for this race at the start of the season, but he’s come right back to his best with wins in the Charlie Hall Chase and then the Betfair Chase last time out, where he comfortable got the better of Silviniaco Conti.
Paddy Brennan has struck up an excellent relationship with this horse and Colin Tizzard’s runner might be a decent bet at 9/2.
You then have Smad Place at 8/1 – who if in the same form as when bolting up in the Hennessey Gold Cup – will go close. Alan King is in great form as well.
It’s then 10/1 about Silviniaco Conti, who knows this track better than anyone as he’s won the last two King George’s and could be the value in the race. It’s 25/1 bar these.
For us though, it is all about DON COSSACK here and we expect him to take all of the beating.
In the 2.35, we’ll see the Christmas Hurdle take place and this race is all about FAUGHEEN, who is at 1/3 and looking to bounce back form his first ever defeat last time out.
He shouldn’t have any problems bouncing back though and should take this pretty comfortably. He bolted up in this last year and we expect the same here. Old Guard would be a bigger danger for us that The New One as the former might still have more to show us.
Also on Channel 4 today we have the 2.00, which is the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase and we expect NATIVE RIVER to go well here for the Colin Tizzard team. He looks a true stayer and the form of his last win is strong.
We also hope to get the day started with a winner on Channel 4 and in the 1.25, which is a Novices’ Handicap Chase, there could be some value in backing BEKKENSFIRTH for the in form Dan Skelton team. This horse was a good winner last time and at 5/1, could be a decent price.
Sit back, grab some cold turkey and a glass of something and enjoy the racing today. Merry Christmas!