Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Christmas Money For My Tent

There are joint festive favourites for the King George with William Hill as Cue Card has been pushed out to 5-4 from 6-5, with Thistlecrack shortening to 5-4 from 7-2 at the start of the week.

“The momentum has been with Thistlecrack over the past few days and he’s odds-on to start favourite, but it would be no surprise to see Cue Card heavily backed on the day. He’s probably the most popular horse in training so while the prices have been taken for Thistlecrack, it could swing back towards Cue Card on Boxing Day. 

It’s 4-6 for Thistlecrack to start favourite in the King George and 11-10 for Cue Card to be the Christmas jolly.

My Tent Or Yours has been backed in the Christmas Hurdle from 11-1 to 8-1 with Hills. Yanworth has been a little uneasy in the market and has been pushed out to 2-1 joint-favourite from 7-4. Vroum Vroum Mag is easily the better backed of the two market leaders.  

Native River has shortened for the Welsh Grand National – William Hill now make the Hennessy winner 5-1 favourite from 6-1.

Festive Feature Races

King George VI Chase: 5-4 Cue Card, Thistlecrack, 14-1 Josses Hill, Tea For Two,25-1 Road To Riches, Silviniaco Conti, 50-1 Roi Des Francs, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Christmas Hurdle: 2-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, Yanworth, 11-4 The New One, 8-1 My Tent Or Yours, 10-1 Ch’Tibello, 500-1 Gray Wolf River, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Welsh Grand National: 5-1 Native River, 8-1 Caroles Destrier, 9-1Onenightinvienna, 12-1 Gas Line Boy, 14-1 Arpege D’Alene, Firebird Flyer, Viconte Du Noyer, Viva Steve, Vyta Du Roc, 16-1 Bishops Road, Kaki De La Pree, Mountainous, Racing Pulse, Shotgun Paddy, Theatre Guide, Unioniste, Warrantor, 20-1 Baie Des Iles, Bless The Wings, Emperors Choice, Knockanrawley, Milansbar, Mysteree, Vicente, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4 )

Lexus Chase: 7-4 Valseur Lido, 9-4 Djakadam, 5-1 Outlander, 7-1 Zabana, 10-1Taquin Du Seuil, 12-1 Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt, Gilgamboa, 14-1 Road To Riches,25-1 More Of That, 33-1 Fine Rightly, Irish Cavalier, Lord Windermere, Roi Des Francs, 40-1 Smashing, 50-1 Wounded Warrior, 66-1 Arctic Skipper, 100-1Mozoltov, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


To Win 2016 King George VI Chase & 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 11-2Thistlecrack, 8-1 Cue Card

King George VI Chase – Who Will Go Off Favourite?: 4-6 Thistlecrack, 11-10 Cue Card

Cheltenham Gold Cup: 3-1 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Coneygree, Cue Card, 7-1 Don Cossack, Douvan, 10-1 Djakadam, 12-1 Valseur Lido, 16-1 Native River, Vroum Vroum Mag, 25-1 Black Hercules, Empire Of Dirt, 33-1 BAR