NO RACING IN ENGLAND OR IRELAND TODAY: The last vestiges of Saturday racing were frozen out when Chelmsford and Lingfield both failed inspections this morning. Navan and Thurles will be checking this afternoon for Sunday, with Wolverhampton the only survivor to the inspection stages in England.
SUPER DOUBLE ON THE BOXING DAY CARDS: The Long Walk Hurdle, lost by the abandonment of Ascot, moves to Boxing Day, where it can now be coupled with the King George to create a Christmas feast of a meeting. Daqman looks at the ratings.
⚠️ HEADS UP Switching the Long Walk Hurdle to the King George card on Boxing Day has seasonal chasing stars lined up plus probables from the top of the hurdles tree.
CHAMP? NO JUST A POUND IN HAND
⭕ 12.45 Kempton, Boxing Day (Long Walk Hurdle) Ratings order-in
161 Champ Winner of this race last year at Ascot; beat Paisley Park a neck at Newbury in November.
160 Paisley Park Beat Champ in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January and when they were third and fourth at the Cheltenham festival.
158 Not So Sleepy Stopped Epatante in the Fighting Fifth last November but beaten by him four times before and after.
157 Goshen Can win a ‘mile’ (22 lengths Kingwell, Wincanton 2021) or lose a ‘mile’; 65 lengths Ascot in October (‘never traveling’).
WHO CAN BEAT BRAVEMANSGAME?
⭕ 2.30 Kempton, Boxing Day (King George V1 Chase) Ratings order-in
170 L’Homme Presse Chasing score 6-7, including Dipper, Scilly Isles and Brown Advisory novice chases.
170 Noble Yeats Grand National winner who held his form with back-to-back wins in the autumn, including 2022 Many Clouds Chase.
170 Protektorat Won 2021 Many Clouds and third Cheltenham Gold Cup this year. Beat Eldorado Allen (11 lengths) and Frodon in Lancashire Chase.
165 Envoi Allen Six chase wins after four hurdles in a row but Champion Chase at Down Royal in November was first 3m win.
164 Bravemansgame Four out of five over fences, including Kauto Star novices at Kempton and Charlie Hall Chase (beat Eldorado Allen 3.5 lengths).
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