You can read my King George preview here. On this page I’ve taken a look a some of the (many) other races.
12:50 Novices’ Hurdle (Class 2) 2m
Didtheyleaveyououtto (5/2) beat Thomas Darby last time out and should repeat. The Big Bite is also respected.
13:55 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m
Current favourite for the RSA Santini (6/4) should win this but faces decent opposition including Bags Groove, The Worlds End and La Bague Au Roi.
14:30 Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m
This is one to watch and enjoy. Dual Champion Hurdler Buveur d’Air (1/5) is streets ahead of the opposition.
15:05 King George
See my preview here.
12:10 Maiden Hurdle 2m
Vision d’Honneur (6/5) has run only once in his life (winner of a three runner race at Fontainebleau) but is a very interesting recruit for Gordon Elliott.
13:10 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m
This race is often a good pointer for later in the season. Chief Justice (11/4) beat Coeur Sublime last time out and should confirm the form.
14:20 Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f
Mengli Khan is currently odds on (4/6) but I prefer Voix du Reve (3/1) for Willie Mullins, a decent winner of a Grade 2 novices’ chase last time out at Punchestown.
15:30 Bumper 2m
This is one to watch but Allaho‘s (evens) only run to day was a second in a listed hurdle at Auteuil. He has to come back from a 297 days’ break and faces 205,000 euros Gigginstown purchase Fury Road, but could turn out to be one of WP’s serious contenders in this division.
14:10 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 45y
This race was won in 2016 by Definitly Red and there are two or three decent candidates in this renewal. I’m against current favourite Wakanda. Lake View Lad (4/1) is commendably consistent and is preferred over highly tried (RSA and Hennessey) Allysson Monterg.
14:00 Novice Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 160y
Getabird is not a betting proposition at 1/2 but has taken very well to chasing and should be good to watch. It’s notable that Ruby Walsh has chosen this ride instead of other Grade 1 options at Leopardstown.