TEMPLEGATE looks to spread some festive cheer with his top tips for a cracking day at Kempton.
Read on for our man’s selections from the all important Boxing Day bonanza – and don’t forget, you can back ANY horse just by clicking in the slip below.
MINELLA INDO (3.05 Kempton, nap)
He landed a quality renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March when jumping brilliantly and pulling out more up the notorious hill. He wasn’t asked too many questions when third on comeback at Down Royal last time and will be fit and ready for this. He goes on any ground and can land another big victory for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore.
SILVER HALLMARK (2.10 Wetherby, nb)
He signed off last season with a Grade 2 win at Haydock and should relish this step up to three miles. He looked very rusty on return at Carlisle last time when fourth in a Listed contest. He travelled well for a long way before tiring late. That’s understandable after nine months off and he’ll be primed for today.
DANNY KIRWAN (1.20 Kempton, treble)
He’s had his moments over hurdles and showed loads of promise when second on his chasing debut at Cheltenham last time. That effort was all the better because he jumped to the right a couple of times and lost ground. Much of his best form has come on a speedy track like Kempton and he can take a big step forward here.
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12.45 Broomfield Burg
Has been running well in stronger company than this.
1.20 Danny Kirwan (treble)
Went close on chase debut at Cheltenham latest.
1.55 Ahoy Senor
Looked high-class when scooting in at Newbury last time out.
Back to form and Newcastle and can improve fitness-wise.
3.05 MINELLA INDO (NAP)
Gold Cup winner who should be spot-on after comeback run.
Has really improved this season and drops in class here.
11.52 Vintage Glen
Went well at Donny latest and won’t be far away again.
Will find this a lot easier than Cheltenham last time out.
1.00 Schiehallion Munro
Hit the front just before falling late on here last time.
1.35 Doyen La Lutte
Solid effort when fourth at Lingfield 31 days ago.
2.10 Silver Hallmark (nb)
Good comeback run and will be much fitter for this.
2.45 The Brimming Water
Has shown some promise and looks a big price.
3.20 Wor Verge
Two good wins heading here and still on a fair mark.
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11.45 Richmond Lake
Another good effort when third at Aintree latest.
12.15 Cailin Dearg
Won with a bit in hand over course and distance last time.
Solid run at Catterick and repeat could be good enough.
1.25 King Arise
Points winner who showed promise on hurdles debut latest.
2.00 Creative Control
Easy winner at Donny and will be right in the hunt again.
2.35 Gentle Jolie
Interesting making a quick switch from hurdles to chases.
3.10 Lively Livvy
Decent start when sixth on debut at Southwell last time.
11.55 Lucky Robin
Back to form when second here last time out.
12.30 Duke Of Rockingham
Bumper winner who wasn’t beaten far on hurdles debut.
1.05 Tokay Dokey
Solid second at Warwick and chance kept to same grade today.
1.40 Seven No Trumps
Plenty left in the tank when winning at Lingfield latest.
2.15 The Late Legend
Best run of the season when second at Exeter last time.
Second last time over hurdles and fit from the Flat.
3.25 New Delhi Express
Better than we saw at Hexham last time out.
11.57 Boreen Boy
Plenty in hand when winning in Ireland for old yard last time.
12.32 The Tin Miner
Good effort when third over course and distance latest.
This looks a lot easier than his Cheltenham second last time.
1.42 Fresh New Dawn
Dug deep when winning at Market Rasen on latest outing.
2.17 Royaume Uni
Good run at Cheltenham latest and will be right there again.
Can improve on his fourth at Southwell last time out.
Good third at Plumpton and won’t be far away again.
12.06 Champagne Noir
Consistent and should be right in the running again.
12.40 Last Royal
Bumper winner who ran well at Chepstow last time.
1.15 Kilbrew Boy
Solid fourth at Wincanton and looks right in the hunt again.
1.47 London Eye
Went close at Worcester and looks capable of better.
2.22 Galileo Silver
Convincing winner at Wincanton and saves best for this trip.
2.57 Joly Maker
Well backed before finishing third at Southwell latest.
3.32 Supreme Gift
Points winner who has shown promise over hurdles.
12.18 Finest View
Better than we saw at Cheltenham last time out.
12.53 Fortunes Melody
Lots of placed form and capable of winning at this level.
1.28 Rhebus Road
Improved effort when second at Fontwell last time out.
2.03 Roque It
Had nine lengths in hand when scoring at Taunton latest.
Close second in stronger company than this last time out.
3.13 Ahead Of The Field
Battled on to score at Southwell latest.
3.45 Holetown Hero
Can build on his debut effort for Paul and Megan Nicholls.
1.50 Neat And Dandy
Battled well to win by a neck here last time and more to come.
2.25 Fearless Angel
Likes this trip and takes a fair drop in class here.
Much better than this level at best and can land an 18th career win.
In flying form and can make it four wins on the spin.
4.10 Power Of States
Solid run at Chelmsford latest and goes better here.
Consistent and another good effort at Lingfield last time.
5.20 Sourire Secret
Good win and a second from two runs so far.
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