On this week's What A Shout, host Dave Orton is joined by trainer Alan King, Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders, and bet365’s Pat Cooney, as they preview the racing from Kempton, Wetherby and Leopardstown over the festive period.
We've picked out some highlights from this week's edition of What A Shout in association with bet365.
The King George VI Chase is the feature race on Boxing Day at Kempton. Bravemansgame is the 15/8 favourite to give trainer Paul Nicholls a 13th success in the race.
He said: “I’ve backed Hitman ante-post and I still like his chances. At the prices now, the one that interests me is Eldorado Allen. He is still unexposed over 3m, and he is 3lb better off than Bravemansgame for a three-length defeat in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.
“I thought Eldorado Allen’s runner-up finish behind Protektorat was a good performance. He beat Frodon in that race comfortably, yet he is a bigger price. He also has some good form on soft ground.”
The Brand New Racing App Novice Chase is the highlight on the card at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.
The Grade One contest takes place over 2m1f, and it has just five runners in it, with Fil Dor representing Gordon Elliott.
Wilders is not only keen on the four-year-old’s chances in this race, he thinks he is a good bet at for the Arkle, as he believes success in this contest will see his odds slashed for day one contest at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
He said: “This race often has a big impact on the Arkle market. I like Fil Dor and I also think he is worth backing now at 12/1 for Arkle. As a four-year-old, he is going to be getting a lot of weight from the older horses in the field at Leopardstown and that suits him.
“I liked his run at Navan last time out where he beat Saint Roi comfortably. I think Hollow Games probably wants further, while the other two need to step up a lot to be in the mix at the finish.”
At Wetherby Shan Blue makes his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby on Boxing Day when he lines up in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase.
The panel all agreed that Shan Blue was the best bet in the race. Wilders believes he is well-treated off his current mark.
He said: “Shan Blue is well-handicapped off a mark of 148. This is a strong field and if these were running off level weights, I don’t think Dan Skelton’s runner would be a massive price to win the race, so for that reason, he has to be the pick.
“I am not concerned about the trip with him. He bumped into Sam Brown at Aintree last time out, who is now rated at 159. Shan Blue was 10 lengths clear of the third in that race.”
Tingle Creek Chase winner Edwardstone is entered to run in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on December 27th.
He said: “He is a straightforward horse to train. We took him on an away day at Cheltenham recently to try to get the adrenaline up a bit, but he is so laid back I don’t think it bothered him.
“The plan at the start of the season was to start him off over 2m. If he had been beaten in the early stages of the campaign, we would have gone up in trip. The way he won that race at Sandown, there is no chance of that now.
“He prevailed around Kempton last year in the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase so there are no issues about the course heading into the Desert Orchid Chase. I think he will have two more runs before the Cheltenham Festival and then he will feature in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.”