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Monday 23 December 2013
Christmas is a time for........
Yes you've guessed it, catching up on all things racing and watching the King George and Welsh National !
I see there are some new followers to the blog - be warned I don't do many posts over the winter as this is a predominantly sprint based blog.. but I'm usually fast out of the blocks come March.
Looking at the King George field it is not an inspiring bunch and probably one of the worst line ups we've had for a while. I would imagine whatever wins will not be remembered in the racing history books.
Long Run, like a lot of the French bred, seems to be heading downhill now he's turned 9 on the showing of his two runs this season and although this is a track were he tends to run well he will need to step up considerably on what he has shown so far to figure.
Cue Card is a favourite of many but he doesn't rock my boat I'm afraid and top 3m chaser he isn't in my view...but I'm quite prepared to eat my hat if he runs well but the best I can see him doing is third.
Silviniaco Conti needs further so will struggle on this tight track and they wont he hanging around. In a normal year he would have prospects of being PU but not sure this field will result in that.
Dynaste was beaten fair and square by Cue Card at Haydock but he will race sharper this time so could turn the tables and looks set for place prospects.
Menorah will probably struggle on his first run back and Champion Court looks slightly out of his depth.
Riverside Theatre runs well here but he is another you would have to think is shooting a bit high in this.
Mount Benbullen may need the going to be a little softer than he gets here to show his best and were not really sure what his best is in any event.
That leaves the reliably consistent Al Ferof who looks capable of improving again on what he has shown so far and he can win at the expense of Dynaste and Cue Card.
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