After the battling victory of Long Run in the King George, Henderson looks well placed to continue his festive cheer with Simonsig, One Lucky Lady and Spirit River
The brilliant Simonsig has been declared for the Wayward Lad Novice Chase and should make light work of his rivals on his way to a probable run in the Arkle at the Festival. Simonsig will be a short favourite and punters will look to get better value from two other Henderson runners – One Lucky Lady (1.30) and Spirit River (3.15).
Both For Non Stop and Sizing Europe avoided Long Run in the King George in favour of what looking like excellent winning chances in the rescheduled Peterborough Chase (2.05 Kempton) and the Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chases (1.25 Leopardstown). Crockford believes that Hobbs’s Wishfull Thinking will also follow up on his good run of form in the Desert Orchid Chase (2.40 Kempton).
Crockford’s Dead Cert – One Lucky Lady (1.30 Kempton)
Recently finishing second to the useful Kentford Grey Lady this Henderson mare will take all of the beating at these weights and in these conditions. Priced at 4/1 punters will receive a belated Christmas present at these odds.
Crockford’s Whisper – Alfie Sherrin (3.10 Leopardstown e/w)
Winner at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival and third in the Irish National, Jonjo O’Neill’s raid on the Paddy Power Chase looks destined for success. JP McManus has a number of runners in the race but surely this one looks to be the best in the field especially when he is priced at around 16/1.
Archer’s Selection – Jezki (2.00 Leopardstown)
An excellent bumper horse and brilliant convert to hurdling having beaten a very useful field last time out (including the much hyped Minsk) would certainly be Archer’s selection. This will be another win on the way to the Cheltenham Festival.
Kempton – Simonsig (12.55), One Lucky Lady (1.30), For Non Stop (2.05), Wishfull Thinking (2.40), Spirit River (3.15) and Scorched Son (3.45)
Leopardstown – Diplomat (12.20), Sizing Europe and Big Zeb e/w (1.25), Jezki (2.00), Discoteca e/w (2.35) and Alfie Sherrin e/w (3.10)
Wetherby – Buthelezi (12.40), Three Kingdoms (1.45) and Aland Islands (2.05)
Lingfield – Lindoro (1.15), Benandonner e/w (2.25) and Sakhee’s Pearl (3.35)
Limerick – Prince De Beauchene (1.05)
(Featured Photograph – Wishfull Thinking at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)