National Hunt aficionados have been spoiled this week with an epic renewal of the King George and while the weekend’s racing isn’t quite so regal, a winning bet in a Class 4 pays the same as a Grade 1 winner. Let’s seek some bets to keep the Christmas creditors at bay.
Clondaw Kaempfer was acquired for £130,000 by Donald McCain and it’s beginning to look a decent piece of business with the Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle a realistic prospect at the Cheltenham Festival provided the ground isn’t too soft. Clondaw Kaempfer showed much promise when bolting up in a valuable sales bumper at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival last season. The youngster then followed up with wins at Aintree and impressed most of all in the Betfair Novices Hurdle at Haydock where he stuck gamely to his task, passing the winning post full of running. The step up in distance in Saturday’s Grade 1 Challow Hurdle (2.45 Newbury) should prove ideal for this relentless galloper. Nicky Henderson’s Golden Hoof rates the live danger following two wins over timber and is a horse with a big future.
In the Class 4 Novices Chase at Doncaster (1.15), Overturn should take all the beating. An admirable dual-purpose horse, Overturn has won more than half a million pounds in prize money for connections. Again from the Donald McCain ranks, Overturn can boast as good a record as any horse since the mighty Sea Pigeon in mixing performances in top hurdle company with the big staying handicaps on the flat. The eight-year old made a flawless start to his chasing career in a class 4 at Sandown, jumping the larger obstacles with a swagger and this wonderfully genuine horse is a bona-fide Arkle contender.
In the opener at Doncaster, the 1.05, Lord Wishes can grant us a win. The five-year old gelding landed a Class 5 maiden hurdle with something to spare a fortnight ago and looks capable of defying a penalty to win again. James Ewart is a trainer going places and when he tells us that Lord Wishes is his “best horse in the yard” then it should pay to take notice.