10.45am Sedgefield survives inspection to get the go-ahead
Tony Paley: Huntingdon and Ffos Las have had to be abandoned but the Boxing Day meeting at Sedgefield survived an 8.30am inspection.
An impromptu check was called by officials after an overnight frost got into the ground but conditions improved enough for the card to get the go-ahead.
Acting clerk of the course Sophie Barton said: "We're fit to race. The frost wasn't deep and the temperature has gradually risen enough already. There's a possible risk of fog but the forecast is for it to have cleared up by the time of racing anyway."
Boxing Day TV races preview, by Greg Wood
With the market leaders around 4-1, today's King George VI Chase at Kempton will be the most open since the turn of the century. Many recent renewals have revolved around a single horse at short odds, from Best Mate to Kauto Star and then Long Run, but this time around, the punters will be spoiled for choice as they try to put a dent in the January credit card bill.
The best option, however, could well prove to be the obvious one. Cue Card (3.10) has shown time and again during what has already been an impressively successful career that he can rise to a challenge, and any concerns about this three-mile trip have now been banished by his success in the Betfair Chase last month.
Every one of the jockeys lining up against Joe Tizzard will know what his game plan will be: get a lead, get settled and jumping and force his opponents to do it all that little bit faster and better in order to make ground. Finding a tactic to beat it, however, is another matter. Cue Card is now a more complete racehorse than he was even 12 months ago, when an early mistake knocked him out of contention in this race. At Haydock, he settled well and jumped impeccably, and a repeat performance here will make him very difficult to pass.
Kempton 1.25 Several interesting recruits make their chasing debuts here, including the top weight God's Own, but former Auteuil Listed winner Urbain De Sivola could prove best at the weights.
Wetherby 1.45 Nuts N Bolts improved for the step up to a marathon trip at Haydock last time and though he is 9lb higher here, Lucinda Russell's chaser is one of the least exposed in the field and can continue his progress.
Kempton 2.00 Not the deepest renewal of the Feltham in recent years on paper, and Just A Par, the runner-up in a Grade One novice hurdle at Aintree in the spring, should prove good enough. Paul Nicholls's runner has always looked a chaser in the making.
Kempton 2.35 A fascinating clash between two genuine contenders for the Champion Hurdle. My Tent Or Yours won the Fighting Fifth with almost embarrassing ease, while The New One took time to get going in a messy race at Cheltenham last time. All the same, he could prove a little too tough for My Tent Or Yours if the two go head-to-head from the last.
Kempton 3.45 Emma Lavelle's string remains in good form and lightly-raced Junction Fourteen can emerge in front of a closely-handicapped field. He stayed on well to win at Fontwell last time and an opening mark of 121 looks fair.
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