David Pipe looks poised for a Boxing Day bonanza with strong chances across the cards this afternoon
The Pipe yard have declared 23 runners across six meetings this afternoon with seven of the those runners declared in one race at Wincanton. Boxing Day is a big day for the stable and whispers have been abound that they will have a bonanza afternoon today. Beyond his entries in the King George (Grands Crus and Junior) he will be looking to continue the winning run of the impressive Dynaste in the Grade One Feltham Novice Chase and looks well placed to take the last on the Kempton card with the unlucky Katkeau. However, his domination of the Wincanton (2.10) looks certain with The Package returning to hurdles and the highly thought of Close House and Goulanes being his best chances out of his seven challengers. Crockford expects some big multiple bets to be landed today.
The line ups for the two supporting Grade One races at Kempton Park this afternoon are not disappointments even given the heavy testing conditions. The Feltham Novices Chase looks to be at Dynaste’s mercy after his good wins at both Cheltenham and Newbury. However, Crockford’s eye has been attracted to both Alan King’s Lovcen and Tizzard’s Third Intention who should relish the test that this contest will be – both provide better each way value than what may be found with the deserved favourite.
The Christmas Hurdle is also a good renewal and will provide massive pointers to Cheltenham. Punters can not help but be impressed by Countrywide Flame’s emphatic defeat of Cinders and Ashes in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle last time out. Henderson will fancy his chances with Darlan and perhaps even with Punjabi who has had a year off to rest and recuperate. Punjabi certainly has the class to be in the mix this afternoon and is an interesting runner given his trainer’s previous intentions to run him over the larger obstacles this season. Nicholls has a lot of faith in Dodging Bullets, gallant as he is this should be too much of a test for him even with Ruby Walsh steering him home.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Katkeau (3.45 Kempton)
On what will be a good day for David Pipe (even if he comes nowhere near landing the King George) this horse will run a big race for him in the last at Kempton Park. Going well in the valuable fixed brush hurdle at Haydock he was unlucky when making a bad mistake close home.
Crockford’s Whisper – Carruthers (3.30 Ffos Las e/w)
Last year’s Hennessy winner will find that Ffos Las is not too dissimilar to the scene of his most famous victory at Newbury. With the talented De Boinville booked to take seven pounds off his back he is bound to go well at a big each way value price.
Archer’s Selection – New Year’s Eve (12.50 Kempton)
Archer would have been impressed with John Ferguson’s horse’s bumper form and would have been eager to climb on board for this hurdle contest. Ferguson is starting to get good results and this would not have been missed by the great jockey.
Crockford’s Boxing Day gambles around the courses in UK and Ireland – King George Preview to follow
Kempton – New Year’s Eve and Cosimo De Medici e/w (12.50), Dynaste and Lovcen e/w (2.00), Countrywide Flame (2.35) and Katkeau (3.45)
Leopardstown – Notable Graduate (12.20), Expanding Universe (12.50), Happy New Year e/w (1.50) and Oscars Well (2.55)
Wetherby – Jameel (1.10), Cape Tribulation (1.45) and Ski Sunday (2.20)
Wincanton – Home Run (1.05), Close House e/w and Goulanes e/w (2.15) and Pateese (2.50)
Ffos Las – Kusadasi (1.10), Royal Mile (1.45), Take Over Sivola (2.55), Carruthers e/w (3.30) and Top Gamble (4.00)
Sedgefield – Deise Dynamo (12.40), Dunowen Point (1.55) and Phase Shift e/w (3.05)
Fontwell – Too Generous (1.30) and Queen’s Grove (2.05)
Market Rasen – Qalinas (1.00) and Henok (3.20)
Towcester – Buddy Bolero (3.05) and Keep The Cash (3.40)
Down Royal – Torn Asunder (2.00) and Fickle Fortune (2.30)
(Featured Photograph – David & Martin Pipe at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)
(First Photograph – Dynaste at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)
(Second Photograph – Dodging Bullets at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)