13:20 23.com Novices' Handicap Chase - Kempton
Nicky Henderson fields two live contenders in TURTLE WARS and Lough Derg Spirit. The latter was the best of these over hurdles and isn't passed over lightly but his stablemate appeals as the type to make a better chaser and, if none the worse for his unfortunate experience on debut in this sphere at Sandown, Turtle Wars could be the answer. Envoye Special and Glen Forsa are others to consider.
13:55 Kauto Star Novices' Chase (Grade 1) - Kempton
SANTINI was one of the best staying novice hurdlers around last season and barely put a foot wrong on chase debut at Newbury. Already favourite for the RSA at Cheltenham in March, the 6-y-o could go right to the top of the tree in this sphere and will prove hard to beat here. Topofthegame shaped well over an inadequate trip on his chase debut and is next best ahead of Bags Groove.
14:10 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Grade 3) - Wetherby
The vote goes to WAKANDA, who should be spot-on in his bid to go one better than in this race last year following a recent reappearance spin over hurdles. The hat-trick seeking Crosspark is a much-respected main danger but he's not the only threat, with Takingrisks, Crievehill and Lake View Lad all accorded respect, too.
14:30 Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) - Kempton
BUVEUR D'AIR produced one of the best hurdle performances of recent times when slamming Samcro in the Fighting Fifth and can replicate last year's easy win in this race. Stablemate Verdana Blue is taken to fill the forecast spot.
15:05 King George VI Chase (Grade 1) - Kempton
WAITING PATIENTLY took the step up to Grade 1 level in his stride at Ascot in February and is selected to make light of an absence (has good record fresh) and extend his unbeaten chase record to 7. Paul Nicholls has won this 9 times and Politologue could be a big threat if his stamina holds up in trip, while last year's winner Might Bite is much better than he showed on his reappearance.
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