Kempton Park, Monday December 26th
The ground was soft and tacky on King George V1 Day
Christmas Hurdle, 2m
Constitution Hill gave Nicky Henderson his eleventh winner in this Grade 1 event. What a hurdler he is! He made his 17 length victory look very easy. Considering this is only his fifth lifetime start, this 5 year old is a class hurdler and the terrifying thing is we don’t yet know how good he actually could be. He will likely now go straight to the Champion Hurdle after this.
Epatante ran a cracking race to finish runner up. She put in a challenge off the final bend, but is simply not in the same class of her stable companion.
Highway One O Two put in a lifetime best to finish third.
Sceau Royal looked a little uncomfortable on the softer ground.
King George V1 Chase, 3m
Bravemansgame beat a top-class field assembled for this Grade 1. His victory at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall Chase made him only the eighth horse to complete the double since 1983. His jockey decided to take a wide course to give himself space, but even when L’Homme Presse jumped across him it didn’t cause any issues. He then came from wide into the straight and galloped on magnificently. He will now go straight for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
L’Homme Presse led on the wrong leg throughout which meant he jumped out towards his left. He commanded the lead down the back and looked to have a great chance. However, once he was headed he shifted to his left and made a real mess of the last. He’s a horse that will need to go the other way around and they consider the Cotswolds Chase at Cheltenham or the Denman at Newbury.
Royale Pagaille ran a cracking race. He jumped well and was always in the mix, only lacking the pace at the 3rd last.
Frodon ran another decent race to finish third, never knowing when he is beat.
Eldorado Allen could not compete but finished the race well.
Ahoy Senor probably did’t enjoy the tight right-handed track.
Envoi Allen was not helped by the false start and may have lost interest when in the rear.
Novice Limited Handicap Chase, 2m, 4f
Balco Coastal cruise his way round, dominating from early. The handicapper will unlikely be able to stop this one from following up.
Solo came with a well-timed challenge after two fences out, but could do nothing to get close.
Panic Attack ran impressively when stepping up in grade and could have more to offer.
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