Nicky Henderson’s Kempton Christmas Feast – 443/1 Five-Timer Assessed!
Nicky Henderson’s Kempton Boxing Day Runners Assessed
Top trainer Nicky Henderson sends a select team to Kempton for their prestigious King George fixture this Boxing Day. His five strongest chances combine to make a remarkable 443/1 five-timer and here at Racing Tips we’ve assessed the chances of him achieving the feat.
Broomfield Burg (12:45pm)
Nicky Henderson’s first runner on the Kempton card is coincidently the horse bookmakers feel provides him with the strongest chance of success. BROOMFIELD BURG is a horse with plenty of ability as best shown by his impressive Southwell bumper victory back in May where comfortably accounting for a pair of smart rivals.
He bumped into the hardy Lively Citizen on handicap debut at Cheltenham last time and in truth lost little in defeat there.
This track should suit the strong traveller far better and a rating of 134 put him well clear of these five rivals – he should take all the beating.
Bothwell Bridge (1:20pm)
BOTHWELL BRIDGE bumped into the likes of Third Time Lucki and Bravemansgame over hurdles. He long shaped like a horse who wouldn’t be seen to best effect until sent over the large obstacles and he added significant weight to that theory when scoring on chase debut at Sandown earlier this month.
The 5lb rise received for that success looks manageable, particularly with the promise of more to come from Bothwell Bridge as he gains experience in this sphere, and this intermediate 2m4f trip looks about his optimum at present.
Nicky Henderson also has Mister Coffey entered up for this race but the presence of Nico de Boinville aboard Bothwell Bridge suggests that he is the stable number one.
2020 Champion Hurdle heroine EPATANTE returns to the track on Boxing Day where she bids for a second Christmas Hurdle victory.
The J P McManus owned mare was edged out by the ill-fated Silver Streak when the 1/5f for this race twelve months ago, but she reportedly had excuses for that showing and her problems appeared to be behind her when dead-heating in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle last month.
This was her nominated as her immediate target afterwards and the good ground on offer will suit. Connections will be hoping for a big showing from Epatante to see her return to the Champion Hurdle picture.
Chantry House (3:05pm)
J P McManus and Nicky Henderson continue their assault on the Kempton card with CHANTRY HOUSE who takes his chance in what looks a vintage King George.
This exciting 7yo impressively won the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, and since being stepped up to 3m the last twice he has gone on to land races at Aintree and Sandown.
This admittedly does represent a step up on those assignments, but it is difficult to gauge where this horse’s limitations currently lie and regular rider Nico de Boinville retains the partnership.
Heross Du Seuil (3:40pm)
The Henderson yard once again goes double handed in the concluding 2m5f handicap hurdle, but on jockey bookings atleast, HEROSS DU SEUIL appears to be the stable first string. Running in the family Donnelly silks now synonymous with Shishkin, Heross Du Seuil was a winner at this track just over twelve months ago, where he looked an exciting propect.
Although a beaten favourite at Warwick and Newton Abbot in his two starts since, Heross Du Seuil should benefit from the return to this track and on that winning form an opening handicap mark of 125 appears to underestimate him.