Lost' can find the way to win
First Christmas at Kempton and I expect it to be good one
This will be my first Christmas in Kempton and I'm hoping it will be one to remember.
The lead-up to Christmas has been a good one with Colin Tizzard's horses in flying form and I can't wait to get back aboard LOSTINTRANSLATION (3.05 Kempton).
I don't think we had any surprises in the final field and it has the makings to be a race for the ages.
Lostintranslation was excellent in Haydock when he beat Bristol De Mai and he hasn't missed a beat since.
Colin and the team have been very happy with Lostintranslation. He took a big step-up to win the Betfair Chase, but he'll need to take another one here as this is a such a hot race.
For me, he is a horse that has it all and my only concern would be that I hope it doesn't get very soft. Lostintranslation has very good form on soft ground, but I think he is even better on better ground and when you are taking on a field as strong as this you want everything in your favour.
SLATE HOUSE (1.55 Kempton) was obviously very unlucky not to win at the BetVictor Gold Cup, but he has had a nice confidence booster in Huntingdon since then.
He needs to up his game on that performance to win here, but he has a of experience and he's the highest-rated horse in the race. Three miles is the ideal trip for Slate House and he won't get a better chance to win a Grade One. I wouldn't swap him.
ELIXIR DE NUTZ (2.30 Kempton) won a Grade One as a novice last year and looks to have each-way claims in the Christmas Hurdle. I've no doubt that Elixir De Nutz will improve a lot for his comeback at Cheltenham, but it will take a big improvement to win here as the form of his Grade One win didn't really work out. However, he's certainly going to strip better for his comeback and I'm excited to be riding him.
In the opening novice hurdle, GETAWAY FRED (12.50 Kempton) has to have a decent chance. He was second first time out, but the winner has since won a Grade Two so that form stands up.
Getaway Fred gives me the feel of a horse that wants further, but I think he has the gears to go close today.
There are two intriguing Grade One novice chases in Ireland and I think the Drinmore Novice Chase form will hold up.
I was so impressed with the speed at which FAKIR D'OUDAIRIES (2.20 Leopardstown) jumped at Fairyhouse and over 2m1f I can see him beating Laurina.
Faugheen will love the heavy ground at Limerick, but I thought SAMCRO (2.40 Limerick) was going to make a hell of a race at Fairyhouse and if he shows no confidence issues from the fall, I think Samcro will be back in a Grade One winner's enclosure.
12.50 Getaway Fred
1.55 Slate House
2.30 Elixir De Nutz (e/w)
2.20 Fakir D'oudairies