St Stephen’s Day picks from Bob (That’s boxing day to you baz)

1.55 Kauto Star Novices chase

The betting guide highlights two horses that match a number of the indicators for the race and neither is the favourite Santini.

TOPOFTHGAME is 6 years old a prime age based upon past winners, ridden this season and placed in the last race, has previously won at distance and going and has odds 4/1 or below.

Likewise, NO HASSLE HOFF, ticks the same boxes but is an outsider in the betting. Certainly worth a punt at 66/1.

1pt win TOPOFTHEGAME

0.5pt e/w NO HASSLE HOFF

2.30 Christmas Hurdle

Only one horse comes out on top here, although I reckon it will be a mighty tussle between the top two protagonists Buveur D’Air and Verdana Blue.

BUVEUR D’AIR is just in front for me, mainly down to the going.

1pt win BUVEUR D’AIR

3.05 King George VI Chase

This looks to be a titanic tussle between many of the field. The historical stats surprisingly point towards two horses that many feel are probably past their best, but if they hit form on the day then they could dominate nicely.

MIGHT BITE just out points Native River on the historical stats but will need to make a better effort than the last poor effort in the Betfair Chase. However, faith is sometimes needed and at this time of year it is probably fitting that we out it in Might Bite to do the business.

1pt win MIGHT BITE

2.10 Rowland Meyrick H’Cap Chase

Favourites do not tend to win here often and the historical stats also suggest this with the current favourite not ticking many of the boxes.

I have LAKEVIEW LAD just ahead of Crosspark but it will be a very close race I reckon with many of them able to win.

1pt win LAKEVIEW LAD

Happy Christmas!

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