It is day two of Kempton's Christmas festival, with Grade 2 action featuring on the six-race card. Keith Melrose from the Racing Post provides his three best bets.
While Nickle Back has been visually taking in his chase career so far, he may end up setting this race up perfectly for chief rival Master Chewy.
The selection has made a good start to life over fences. He won in good style at Aintree on debut, then came clear with subsequent Grade 2 winner Djelo back there on his next run.
He was then asked to take on seasoned chasers at Newbury's big early-December meeting. While Master Chewy was beaten at odds on, he ran into Elixir Du Nutz who had won the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup the time before.
The winner had the run of things a little that day and Master Chewy just couldn't concede that and beat him.
A horse like Nickle Back, who has been running over longer trips, whizzing around Kempton is likely to give Master Chewy a perfect tow into this race. He can be given a chance to improve and land this Grade 2.
The Desert Orchid Chase has been turned into a handicap this year. Strictly speaking, that means 2022 winner Editeur Du Gite has to give weight to all his rivals, which was not the case last year.
That is not the best way to look at it. Editeur Du Gite is giving weight to inferior horses here, as the new conditions have scared away the top-notchers that have tended to contest this race in the past.
Also, Editeur Du Gite's mark has dropped quite a bit of late. That has been on account of him running poorly, but it is far from out of the question that a return to this race has been the main aim and therefore a few pounds off his back is a welcome concession.
Furthermore, his regular rider Niall Houlihan gets to claim 3lb this time, which he did not last year when this was a conditions race.
This is not the red-hot race that it can sometimes work out to be. This year it is in effect a warm 0-135 handicap chase. For that reason, I am giving Dalamoi another chance to prove himself a smart handicap chaser, just like he is bred to be,
Dalamoi is half-brother to Don Poli, Politesse and Debece, all stayers. It is therefore all the more impressive that he made a perfect chasing debut over 2m4½f at this sharp track last autumn.
He has shown sparks of promise since without really building on that run.
Most recently, Dalamoi was all the rage for the Welsh National Trial at Chepstow. Having been 7/1 the night before, he was sent off the 11/4 favourite but seemed to not be as fit as thought. Having moved up from rear turning into the straight, he dropped away.
Now race-fit, he has no excuses back at a track where he has left a good impression.
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