Paul Ferguson two selections for us on Boxing Day; Stellar Notion in the Kempton 1:25 and Gilgamboa in the Limerick 2:05. Compare odds and bet.
The King George card at Kempton on Boxing Day looks well up to scratch, with several intriguing clashes. There are plenty of exciting novices on show, as well as the household names in the Grade 1s, and one that falls in to that category is Stellar Notion (1:25) who scored impressively on his debut over fences at Leicester last month.
Tom George’s lightly raced six-year-old easily won a bumper and a novice hurdle last term, before trying to give 6lbs to the classy Un Ace (went on to finish 8th in the Supreme and has won twice over fences this season), with Master Dee (also won twice this winter) and In The Rough (won his last four) back in third and fifth, respectively.
The imposing son of Presenting made light work of an opening mark of 120 on his chase debut and, though he will need to settle a little better over this extra half-mile and his jumping will be put under more scrutiny, I suspect he remains well treated on his revised mark of 129. The day’s opening selection opened up 5-1 with Hills on Tuesday evening.
Over in Ireland most of the focus will be on the Grade 1 action from Leopardstown, but Limerick also stages a cracking card and Gilgamboa (2:05) is fancied to make it two from two over fences in the Grade 2 novice chase over 2m3f.
The step up in trip should pose no problems for Enda Bolger’s Westerner gelding (won over 2m4f over hurdles), who jumped with relish when beating Blood Cotil at Navan in November.
The selection faces a couple of smart sorts here, in Wounded Warrior, who actually beat Blood Cotil a little further over 2m4f at Navan, and the filly Adriana Des Mottes, who will be threat in receipt of her weight and sex allowances. That said, I thoroughly expect Gilgamboa to end up as one of Ireland’s leading novice chasers this season and was surprised to see him open as big as 3-1 (Ladbrokes) on Tuesday.
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