Bristol De Mai Can Prove His Class In King George
Author: Tom Wilson
December 1 - Bristol De Mai goes into the King George VI Chase at Kempton later this month as the in-form horse in the 3m chase division in the UK and Ireland. The six-year-old has already won both of his starts in the campaign so far.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' runner made his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby in the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase in October where he kept on strongly inside the closing stages to score by just under a length ahead of Blaklion.
On his most recent start in the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock, Bristol De Mai was simply outstanding as he blew the field away by a staggering 57 lengths which suggest he is more than capable of having a lot of success in this division this season. Despite that win in Lancashire, the bookmakers still make him a 6/1 shot to win the feature race over the Christmas period which looks fantastic value.
The opportunity is there this season for a six or seven-year-old to become the dominant figure going into the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival in March. If Bristol De Mai does continue his excellent start to the campaign at Kempton, he will be right at the top of the tree and will still be on course to win the Chase Triple Crown which carried a 1 million Pound bonus.
Bristol De Mai is likely going to have to defeat Might bite and defending champion Thistlecrack in the King George, the two horses ahead of him in the betting for the 3m contest in what is an excellent day's racing. Bettors will be keeping a close eye on the tips at Timeform as the card on Boxing Day also includes the Kauto Star Novices' Chase.
Sizing John Likely To Remain In Ireland For Lexus Chase
Sizing John's absence in the Betfair Chase last month due to ground conditions means he is likely to stay in Ireland now until the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he will be looking to retain his crown. Jessica Harrington's stable star will probably feature in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown for his seasonal reappearance where he can be backed at 6/1.
Since stepping up in trip from 2m to 3m, the Irish horse has shown a lot of improvement which led to him winning the Irish Gold Cup and Punchestown along with the Blue Riband contest at the Festival.
Connections will be confident their horse can have more joy this season as he is only seven years old therefore you would have to feel his best years are ahead of him. Rightly, they are not rushing their horse back as they don?t want to run him on ground which is not ideal.
The Lexus Chase should also include Djakadam, Outlander and Disko in what has the makings of a great race. Sizing John though has proved his class and should be favoured over the trio of runners to come out on top in the leading race during the Festive Meeting at Leopardstown.
Bristol De Mai to win the King George VI Chase @ 5/1
Sizing John to win the Lexus Chase @ 6/1
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