Free Tips For The Ladbrokes Christmas Festival 2019
Boxing Day is always better than Christmas Day and, hopefully, we’ve got three Christmas Cracker free tips for you from day one of Kempton’s Ladbrokes Winter Festival.
Get Your 1 Ladbrokes Free Bet Today Novices' Hurdle 2019 Analysis
12:50 at Kempton on 26th December
The title of this race hints that Ladbrokes will be offering punters a free bet on Boxing Day, so keep an eye out for that.
There are also some interesting types in this 2-mile novice hurdle, with Getaway Fred representing Colin Tizzard and Ecco representing Paul Nicholls. But both those trainers are more associated with chasers, and neither have won this race in the last decade.
The trainer to follow in this race is normally Nicky Henderson and the master of Kempton at Christmas has won four of the last eight renewals. He poses punters a dilemma by saddling two runners, but Fred has already been beaten twice.
Kauto Star Novices Chase 2019 Analysis
13:55 at Kempton on 26th December
It’s debatable whether there are any future King George winners in this year’s Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, but it’s still an intriguing contest. Colin Tizzard was lucky to train the winner of this race with Royal Vacation three years ago, when Might Bit fell at the last, but he has the highest-rated horse this year in Slate House.
However, he’s not run up to his best on either start going right-handed.
Black Op is the second-highest rated horse, but he’s also been beaten on both of his starts going this way round. But his stable won the Grade 1 Marsh Hurdle at weekend, and this fellow ran well when second behind Champ last time. Meanwhile, Jarvey’s Plate is capable of high-class form and could benefit from first-time cheekpieces.
Danny Whizzbang made a decent impression on his chasing debut when beating the Grade 1 winning hurdler Reserve Tank in receipt of 5lb, but Harry Cobden has been aboard for all three of his wins and he opts for Paul Nicholl’s other runner Master Tommytucker.
King George VI Chase 2019 Analysis
15:05 at Kempton on 26th December
There may only be six runners in this year’s Boxing Day highlight, but none of the trainers of the sextet will mind as their charges have all shown excellent form in small fields. Venetia Williams has saddled nine winners from her last 15 runners but it’s asking a lot for suspect stayer Aso to win this after he finished fifth in the Peterbrough Chase last time.
Footpad is harder to dismiss, but he too must prove his stamina having finished third in the Punchestown Stayers’ Hurdle on his one previous try at the trip. He was impressive when winning on his seasonal debut over 22-furlongs, but this is a massive step up in class. His trainer Willie Mullins last won the race in 2001 and it may be the English-based owners that have pushed him to have a crack at this race.
Colin Tizzard pitches 2016 winner Thistlecrack in the ring for a repeat bid at the age of 11 but only Desert Orchid, Edredon Bleu, and Kauto Star have won the King George at that age. Tizzard also saddles the promising Lostintranslation, who has shown a rare blend of speed and stamina in his races so far. He can’t be ruled out but he’s yet to run at a tight right-handed course like Kempton.
That means the finish could be fought out between the Paul Nicholls-trained pair of Clan Des Obeaux and Cyrname. Clan Des Obeaux beat Thistlecrack to claim the 2018 King George but desserts him to ride Cyrname.