Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday December 26

There is top class racing at Kempton Park on Saturday
There is top class racing at Kempton Park on Saturday

There is plenty of racing on Boxing Day, including three Grade 1 races at Kempton Park, and Timeform pick out their three best bets...


"Although Vautour is an extremely exciting chaser, he needs to improve to match the form that Don Cossack has already shown..."

Native River - 14:00 Kempton

There are a few of these who could go on to achieve big things in this sphere, including Tea For Two, Southfield Royale and Bally Beaufort, but the one that sets the standard to date is Native River, who took another big step forward when beating Un Temps Pour Tout at Newbury last month, and he can take this step up to Grade 1 level in his stride.


Abricot De L'Oasis - 14:20 Wetherby

Abricot De L'Oasis looked one to follow when making all in a competitive handicap at Aintree on his first start for Dan Skelton after leaving Donald McCain, and he is certainly worth forgiving his defeat last time out at Huntingdon, with the two mile trip seemingly catching him out. A return to further here looks sure to suit, and he can get back to winning ways for his thriving yard.


Don Cossack - 15:10 Kempton

This is possibly the race of the season so far, with five-time Grade 1 winner Don Cossack facing the impressive JLT winner Vautour, as well as the rejuvenated Betfair Chase winner Cue Card. Although Vautour is an extremely exciting chaser, he needs to improve to match the form that Don Cossack has already shown, and at the prices it is Gigginstown's Irish raider who is preferred.


Timeform UK SmartPlays

Back Native River in the 14:00 at Kempton
Back Abricot De L'Oasis in the 14:20 at Wetherby
Back Don Cossack in the 15:10 at Kempton


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