ITV Racing Tips and Previews Boxing Day
THE KING GEORGE TAKES CENTRE STAGE! Boxing Day Bonanza from Kempton, Aintree and Wetherby. I have all the action covered as usual.
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ITV Racing Boxing Day Schedule
12.45 Kempton Ladbrokes Boost Your Odds On Racing Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) 2m41/2f
1.05 Aintree William Hill Formby Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m1/2f
1.20 Kempton Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m
1.35 Wetherby William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) 3m
1.55 Kempton Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
2.30 Kempton Ladbrokes King George VI Chase (Grade 1) 3m
The likeable GENERAL MEDRANO has taken really well to chasing winning impressively on debut in this sphere at Uttoxeter and then following up with plenty in hand at Huntingdon. He was beaten up in trip at Plumpton but the winner Brave Kingdom has already franked that form. He is just 1lb higher here and given he remains unexposed over 2 and a half miles he could easily improve again. He looks a horse on an upward curve and 6/1 represents value at the time of writing.
Idalko Bihoue bolted up at Cheltenham when last seen back in October and 8lb higher here still looks the danger but does lack a run. Russian Ruler acquitted himself well in a race that has worked out at Newbury and is another one that must enter calculations.
The promising JANGO BAIE showed a great attitude to knuckle down and get the better of Tellherthename at Ascot on debut under Rules. He did so much wrong through that race so it was really encouraging that he still managed to win. He kept responding for Nico de Boinville and looks sure to improve from that initial experience. The runner-up Tellherthename runs again here and he has since bolted up at Huntingdon so the form has been strongly franked.
The latter must be respected as he also looks to be going the right way but I think the selection will improve tons from that debut run so should confirm the form. Irish raider Farren Glory has won his last two over hurdles but the Royal Bond form has taken a couple of knocks since.
I had been waiting for HERMES ALLEN to go over fences and he certainly didn’t disappoint at Newbury ultimately winning head in chest. I actually thought he went through the race shaping as though he’d be better for the run so the fact he went on to win so easily is all the more encouraging. This is obviously a lot tougher but he is a horse with untapped potential and I’m keen to keep him on side here and going forward. Paul Nicholls’ sounds bullish and his price at 15/8 seems more than fair.
Giovinco had a hard race when second to Stay Away Fay at Sandown but is obviously still hugely respected as that is decent form. If this comes too soon though it might leave French raider Il Est Francais as the main danger. The rest look up against it.
Last years winner INTO OVERDRIVE would have been targeted at this and given we know he goes particularly well fresh I think he could defend his crown. He won 2 from 3 last season before pulling up in the Ultima and when he is on a going day he can be a tough nut to crack. His jumping is usually an asset so he looks worth chancing despite the competitiveness of the race this time around.
Empire Steel was well backed but could only finish third behind Elvis Mail at Kelso. He’ll need to better that but must be respected. Does He Know is another one on his best form that would be a threat.
Impossible to oppose CONSTITUTION HILL here as he bids to remain unbeaten. I think they’ve made the right decision to stay hurdling and stay over 2 miles and having won this by 17 lengths last year I think we might see a similarly destructive performance. He is the horse everyone wants to see and hopefully he doesn’t disappoint as he could rule the hurdling division for years to come.
Rubaud has been progressing nicely and is the obvious one for second. I can see Nemean Lion running well for a long way but hard to see him edging out the latter so third might be his best hope. This really should be routine for the favourite.
After much deliberation I am going to chance SHISHKIN bouncing back in a big way here. He obviously refused to race at Ascot which is far from ideal but he has won fresh before and I do think that was just a blip. He has never really showed them tendencies before and given his perfect record at this track if he jumps off and gets into a rhythm watch his in-running odds collapse. He has tons of ability and could surprise a few.
Allaho just looks too short for a race of this quality and I’m happy to watch him win at those odds. The other obvious one is last years winner Bravemansgame but he has failed to see out either of his races since returning and the worry is that Gold Cup has made a mark.