Christmas Hurdle showdown between The New One and My Tent Or Yours will dictate 2014 Champion Hurdle market on a Boxing Day bonanza of racing

The winner of today’s Christmas Hurdle is certain to dictate who will be made ante post favourite for the 2014 Stan James Champion Hurdle. Both The New One and My Tent Or Yours have already been impressive winners this season and look set to fight out the finish at Kempton this afternoon. The New One‘s victory over Zarkandar at Cheltenham is strong form and should carry him through the showdown against the highly regarded Henderson trained My Tent Or Yours. Whatever your fancy Crockford recommends that you take his odds for the Champion Hurdle before the off today.

Over at Leopardstown, the Christmas Festival starts with a bang with Champagne Fever lining up in the novice chase. Deserved of favouritism Willie Mullins’ grey may be given more to do than expected by the useful Ted Veale who has his second attempt at chasing.

For a full review of the King George VI Chase view the post (King George VI Chase: What a Christmas Cracker)

Odin and George Baker look set to win again

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Odin (Wolverhampton 4.15)

Odin travelled so well last time out at Wolverhampton winning gamely. Down in trip and with the stable in good form expect another win for Don Cantillon.

Crockford’s Whisper – Ted Veale e/w (Leopardstown 2.55)

AJ Martin’s useful hurdler was far from disgraced on his chasing debut. Priced at 14/1 this whisper is certain to make a bold show and is highly regarded. He may well even challenge Champagne Fever for victory.

Archer’s Selection – Western Warhorse (Kempton 1.25)

Archer would have noticed this quality recruit to the larger obstacles. The shrewd jockey would have fought to get the ride on this chaser in the making.

Crockford’s Gambles on a Bonanza Boxing Day:

Kempton – Sgt Reckless e/w (12.50), Western Warhorse (1.25), Third Intention e/w (2.00), The New One (2.35), Al Ferof, Long Run e/w and Riverside Theatre e/w (King George 3.10)

Wincanton – Bobble Boru (12.30), Agapanthus (1.05), Holywell (1.40) and Southfield Theatre (2.15)

Wolverhampton – Masamah (1.40), String Theory (3.15) and Odin (4.15)

Wetherby – Sydney Paget and Tullamore Dew e/w (1.45), Mister Grez and Fairy Rath e/w (2.55), Kilrye e/w and Dollar Bill e/w (3.30)

Sedgefield – Heath Hunter (12.10), Calculated Risk (1.55), Memory Cloth (2.30) and Border Breaker (3.35)

Leopardstown –  Clondaw Court (12.20), Daneking (12.50), Analifet (1.20), Champagne Fever and Ted Veale e/w (2.55) and Vedettariat (3.30)

Market Rasen – Dreams Of Milan (1.35)

Towcester – Truckers Darling e/w (1.20) and Baby Shine (1.55)

Fontwell – Garde Ville (12.20), Donnas Palm e/w (12.55) and Spirit Oscar (1.30)

Limerick – Bless N’Jet (12.30), Lead Kindly Light (2.10) and Felix Yonger (2.45)

Down Royal – Salsify and Joncol e/w (1.30), Couleur France (2.00) and Wes Hardin (3.30)


(Featured Photograph – The New One at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – George Baker and Odin at Wolverhampton by Stuart Rice)




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