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  • #6035
    runandskip
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    apart from the supreme novices hurdle at the festival, the frist race at kempton on boxing day is for me the most eagerly awaited race of the year.
    after surviving all the hypocricy of a modern christmas its a relief to be out in the fresh air at kempton and to watch a top class card thats been in the papers tempting us for 3 days

    #131632
    Gazs Way De Solzen
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    Does look like a good card and one which will be a pleasure to watch.

    Im quite looking forward to the 1.55 race, the SJ Christmas Hurdle.

    Will be interesting to see how the Irish challengers get on,especially Harchibald, following his Fighting Fifth win earlier this month.

    Interesting to see that when he won this race in 2004, he was actually off a lower mark than he is now, and went off as an 8/11 favourite, will be interesting to see how the market forms on Boxing Day for this one.

    I personally hope Straw Bear comes on for his recent run and can run a big race in this one.

    A very good card and will be great to watch.

    #131636
    Colin Little
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    I’m thinking the Christmas Hurdle could end up with a just a few runners. I’m sure Harchibald will be really primed for that race, what with it being the second leg of WBX triple crown bonus. If he does win, would the connections be allowed trade or hedge in the run up to the Cheltenham. It would seem the logical thing to do ?

    #131637
    TheOneAndOnlyTonyMcCoy
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    I agree with you, Harchibald should do well and also i would like to say that, i have backed a horse on the flat plenty of times and it might be running in the same race as Harchibald – BLUE BAJAN 14/1 E/W :)

    Have a good christmas you lot!

    #131641
    Colin Little
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    I think Graham Lee said yesterday that Blue Bajan is running in the novice hurdle on the same card.

    For me, it was shame he went hurdling. I was looking forward to him racing on the AW at Lingfield this winter.

    #131643
    moehat
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    I spend most of Christmas day in anticipation of the next days racing [in the Dessie era was a nervous wreck for most of it!]….too much of a treck to get to Kempton from ‘up north’. on Boxing Day..but one year will manage it [although did go to Dessies ‘funeral’ last year, and it felt very strange to be ‘there’ – it was a ‘Life on Mars’ feeling as if I’d gone into the telly]; was really taken with Kempton Park, much smaller and with quite a ‘countryish’ feel to it which I didn’t expect. I hope everyone who goes has a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing about it all afterwards…Happy Christmas everyone…mo

    #131648
    Blue Brazil
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    Blue Bajan declared for novice hurdle, should win. Harchibald will definitely be primed for the Christmas hurdle, as he was for the fighting fifth!

    #131649
    Smithy
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    Harchibald’s main advantage in the Christmas Hurdle will be that he is a stone better horse than the five horses that take him on.

    If he doesn’t win this, then I wouldn’t be overkeen on any ante-post vouchers for Cheltenham.

    #131650
    TheOneAndOnlyTonyMcCoy
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    O right, i have just seen the cards. Yes i agree CL, Blue Bajan could definately win and also i agree with you about wanting to see it on the AW.
    Some great racing on boxing day!

    #131676
    doyley
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    Hello,

    I always look forward to Boxing Day, a welcome relief from the Christmas Day anxiety…

    But have to disagree with some of the posts, the quality is there, but unfortunately most races’ will have very few runners.

    I know the purists out there will exclaim "So What?", but for the punter eight runners’ gives us a each way shout, plus most importantly, Sponsors just ain’t goin’ to put up dosh to witness as little as FOUR runners trot round the track and gobble up their donated cash!! :?

    If one is to study the Prize Money, up to sixth is paid out in some races’, but in their glorious wisdom, many trainers are quite happy to let their steeds sit in a stable rather than run. In the long term, this WILL damage racing.

    Thank God for Dr. Pritchard. who, without interfering with others, runs his team and picks up prize money!

    SIX [or Seven?], in the King George is a Joke!!! :oops:

    Racetracks, Sponsors, TV, etc, between them try their best to organise a bloody good show for every Racing fan on a the biggest Bank Holiday of the Year, but our Trainers think differently and cossett their jewels for another day….what other ‘effin day?? :?

    But as with all other posts, looking forward to the day, but could do better :)

    regards,

    doyley

    #131766
    graysonscolumn
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    Thank God for Dr. Pritchard. who, without interfering with others, runs his team and picks up prize money!

    More than that, without something of his lining up in the Christmas Hurdle, there has to be the chance of a falsely-run, unsatisfactory race. What a shame Fifth Generation had to retire eventually!

    Jeremy
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    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #131801
    wakeman
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    If a decent price is available i will be very interested in Font for this. :)

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