Through The Card: Kempton, Tuesday December 27

There's a competitive card at Kempton on Tuesday afternoon
There's a competitive card at Kempton on Tuesday afternoon

Timeform take you through the card at Kempton on Tuesday.


12.40 - Charlie Parcs is a fascinating recruit from France but he is fairly easy to back this morning and it might be worth taking him on under his penalty. MASTER BLUEYES (5) caught the eye on his hurdling debut at Wetherby, despite being described as "very disappointing" by his jockey Wayne Hutchinson in the aftermatch of the race. In hindsight, that run may not be as disappointing as it seemed, with the first three home all winning since. IMARI KID (4) looked a bit clueless on his debut but is expected to improve and his trainer does well at the track. He is preferred to Dreamcatching as a second string to the bow.

13.10 - The prolific NORDIC NYMPH (6) looks very solid here and she is worth banking on. Henry Daly's mare completed a hat-trick in an 8-runner handicap at Bangor last time by 1¼ lengths from Go West Young Man, finding extra, and she just keeps on pulling out more. Morello Royale fell at the first in a listed mares' event won by Briery Belle at Warwick on her chasing debut but is respected now back over hurdles, while the step back up in trip should suit One Big Love.

13.40 - There's no point opposing ALTIOR (1) who will win this assuming his jumping holds up. Nicky Henderson's Supreme Novices' winner is favourite for the Arkle in March, despite big rival Min winning yesterday, and he can see off Marracudja once more as he comfortably did in the Henry VIII Novices Chase at Sandown last time. Regular winner Stephanie Frances (albeit at a lower level) can fill the forecast spot.

14.20 - The 2013 winner of this race SPECIAL TIARA (4) is well treated by the terms of this race and he can make the most of the 10 lb he receives from main rival Sire de Grugy. There's also every chance that Henry de Bromhead's runner will get an easy lead (no other obvious pacemakers in the field) and a repeat of his 3½ lengths third of 10 to Sprinter Sacre in last March's Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham should easily be enough to triumph. Sire de Grugy beat Special Tiara into second when winning the Tingle Creek last season and he has been in good form this season, finishing a good length second of 6 to Un de Sceaux in the latest renewal of the Tingle Creek last time, a race in which Sir Valentino was a possibly flattered fifth. Hold-up horse Savello looks likely to be outclassed.

14.55 - Swinton eighth Wait For Me will be popular as he still looks an interesting handicapper, however preference is for DRUMCLIFF (11), a half-brother to Simonsig who probably should have won when a length second of 6 to Mr McGo in a novice at Bangor last time. Though he appeared to be outbattled there, he looks the sort to improve now handicapping and a mark of 124 looks fair. The returning Apsatou is respected, however a second selection is BELTOR (5) who was a winner on the Flat at Kempton earlier this month and he looks attractively handicapped for this return to hurdling.

15.30 - Go Conquer is respected, however he fell at the first at Ascot last time and there appear to be plenty of pace-setting rivals which could put pressure on his jumping once again. Preference is for DOUBLE SHUFFLE (1) who was below form when fifth at Newbury last month but who still looks fairly-treated on his Ludlow win from last term; this drop in grade will also help his cause, and the application of a hood could see him bounce back to form. Out Sam is respected, but his best form has come on softer ground and he may need the heavens to open if he is to shine.


Win back Drumcliff in the 14:55

Placepot permutation:

12:40 - 4, 5
13:10 - 6
13:40 - 1
14:20 - 4
14:55 - 5, 11
15:30 - 1

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