The best supported runners before the Christmas holidays
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This race is billed as a game and it looks like the punters are all firmly behind Ahoy Senor.
Lucinda Russell’s new stable star didn’t start her hunting career with flying colors, dethroning runner Derek Fox in a decent race at Carlisle, where he looked beaten at the time. But, he did make amends in no uncertain terms at Newbury last month.
Sent to the forefront by the same jockey, gelding Dylan Thomas took two out of four lengths, then went further and further to win the category 2 event by an incredible 31 lengths. It should be a wonderful clash between this guy and Bravemansgame, but the former won seven lengths over hurdles at Aintree in April and fans seem to think the same will happen again.
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Many punters took advantage of the ante-post price of around 13/2 FERNY HOLLOW for this competition ahead of his impressive hunting debut earlier this month and find himself in a great position given his current odds.
You can bow over the biggest obstacles in Punchestown as the six-year-old made some rookie mistakes but that was to be expected the first time around and he still managed to score by four lengths.
The 2020 Champion Bumper hero only had one hurdle race, beating the much-loved Bob Olinger in a Maiden at Gowran Park. The fact that Willie Mullins sent him fencing this season indicates that the master coach has the highest regard for his charge.
Champion coach Paul Nicholls is the ‘king’ of this race with 12 incredible wins to his name (including the last three) and CLAN OF OBEAUX, who won this prestigious competition in 2018 and 2019, is our worst result.
We’ve been recording this event since last January and some astute punters managed to get it 16/1 before his Aintree frenzy of 26 lengths in April.
Another first-class victory later in the same month at the Punchestown Gold Cup in which he stayed beautifully under Sam Twiston-Davies meant he was 5/1 in September, but those whimsical odds are a distant memory.
ALFA MIX was slashed in price for that precious € 200,000 event and a close look at the replay of his latest effort in a handicap chase in Punchestown last month shows exactly why.
Gavin Cromwell’s charge took third place under driver Mark Walsh approaching the last one before gaining one more spot about a half a furlong from home, but just wasn’t able to revise Full Charged – who is once again part of the opposition.
This race was 2m 6f long, but although it could never be proven anyway, it would take a brave man to categorically state that he would not have won on the journey of this 3m race.
Two horses in the form of Highland Hunter and The Big Dog are the two most popular selections in this grueling long-distance heat, with lucky supporters from each sitting on 16/1 records in the ante-post markets.
The former highlighted his credentials with relentless Deise Aba success on the nod in the London National and the eight-year-old can probably be expected to make a significant improvement over that as it was about of its first outing in 259 days.
The Big Dog provided Kildare conjurer Peter Fahey with a victory in a big race at the Punchestown Grand National Trial in February and although he did not disturb the judge during a handicap obstacle in Navan earlier this this month this race should have placed the Irish raider. on his big target.
Our initial offer of around 5/4 SEE YOU LATER was popular with punters and they now have a great position with the awesome Betfair Chase hero. Henry De Bromhead’s Gold Cup runner-up loves this meeting, and he landed Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase in 2019 before rising in the shadow of the post to turn Kemboy down in that event last year.
Some pundits have argued he might be vulnerable the first time around last time at Betfair, but previous losses on his seasonal arc were on runs shorter than the three miles he needed. His procession to Haydock makes him the man to beat.
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Sharjah, who has won this race for the past three seasons, is by far our worst result in the book here and was available at 7/4 ante-post. Honeysuckle is currently setting the standard on hurdles, but this man is not far from finishing third behind her in last season’s Irish Champion Hurdle at this venue before finding the wonderful mare too powerful in the English equivalent and the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle in Punchestown.
The Sharjah campaign started off well with jockey Patrick Mullins clearly coming out on top in the Morgiana Hurdle run-in (again in Punchestown) last month and punters seem to believe he is invincible the way he is. he was born.
Today 13:55 Kempton: Kauto Star Novices’ Chase – Ahoy Senor
Today 14:20 Leopardstown: Course Post Novice Chase – Ferny hollow
Today 3:05 PM Kempton: King George VI Chase – Clan of the Obeaux
Monday 2:55 p.m. Leopardstown: Paddy Power Chase – Alfa mix
Monday 2:50 p.m. Chepstow: Welsh National – Highland hunter & The big dog
Tuesday 2:20 p.m. Leopardstown: Savills Chase – See you later
Wednesday 2:20 p.m. Leopardstown: Matheson Hurdle – Sharjah
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