Malcolm Jefferson received an extra helping of Christmas cheer when According To Pete won the feature race at Wetherby last Boxing Day and the Norton trainer aims for more of the same with Cape Tribulation – provided today’s meeting survives an 8.30am inspection.
Jefferson has set his sights on the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase with Cape Tribulation as he switches his hurdling high-achiever back to fences.
McMurrough also has good prospects of obliging for Jefferson in the Read Nicholls & McCain Exclusively On Betfair Handicap Chase.
Roi De Garde (12.35), a winner here on his last start, and Bravo Bravo (1.10), who should appreciate the return to two and a half miles, are two others to note.
At Kempton, the main focus of attention from this neck of the woods will be on the Grade 1 williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle and the bid of Countrywide Flame from John Quinn’s Norton stable.
It will be an acid-test, but it is one within the compass of Countrywide Flame, reunited with Newcastle jockey Denis O’Regan and awarded the nap vote.
The vote in the King George VI Chase goes to Long Run.
12.35 Roi De Garde, 1.10 Bravo Bravo, 1.45 Cape Tribulation, 2.20 Green Wizard, 2.55 McMurrough, 3.30 Lakeman.
Inspection 8.30am today.
12.50 River Maigue, 1.25 Coole River, 2.00 Dynaste, 2.35 Countrywide Flame (NAP), 3.10 Long Run, 3.45 Bathwick Brave.
1.40 Boxing Shadows, 2.10 Majuro, 2.40 Mistress Shy, 3.15 Tight Knit, 3.45 May Boy, 4.15 Desert Vision, 4.45 Jeer.
Today’s other meetings: Ffos Las, Fontwell, Sedgefield, Market Rasen, Towcester and Wincanton. Huntingdon was abandoned.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Lingfield, Wetherby and Wolverhampton. Chepstow was abandoned.