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Sun Racing ambassador Megan Nicholls talks all things Kempton, King George, Chepstow and her rides this week in her latest column

Sun Racing ambassador Megan Nicholls talks all things Kempton, King George, Chepstow and her rides this week in her latest column

WHAT a day Boxing day was! Clan Des Obeaux lit up Kempton with a tremendous victory in the King George. 

We’ve all the time recognized he was a incredible horse and he proved it in type beneath an ideal experience from Harry.

 Clan Des Obeaux and Harry Cobden were brilliant

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Clan Des Obeaux and Harry Cobden have been sensible

I stated beforehand he had so much means however continues to be very younger – to beat that area at his age is a implausible achievement.

He solely made one small mistake early on and travelled properly the entire method.

Turning in, Harry simply sat saving for so long as he might and from the final he quickened rather well.

Dad isn’t one for self-praise however that was his tenth King George and he deserves an enormous quantity of credit score. He was going completely loopy!

Scott Marshall, who rides him at house, has accomplished a incredible job.

 Clan Des Obeaux is now set to head to Cheltenham for us

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Clan Des Obeaux is now set to go to Cheltenham for us

Now it’s all roads to Cheltenham. He was second in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup final yr so we all know he acts on the monitor.

He was solely a novice again then and he’s much-improved now so it’s very thrilling to assume how good he might be. He’s crushed a very good subject there and there’s going to be extra to return.

Our different runner, Politologue, ran a cracker too, however simply didn’t fairly keep. The Ascot Chase in February or one thing comparable might be the goal now.

Within the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, Topofthegame was so good.

 La Bague Au Roi (left) just beat Topofthegame (right) - but he ran a blinder for us

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La Bague Au Roi (left) simply beat Topofthegame (proper) – however he ran a blinder for us

He simply acquired crushed by a very robust mare in La Bague Au Roi however she was getting weight and had much more expertise.

This was the primary time our fellow had a clean race over fences and he’s almost gained a aggressive Grade 1.

In the long run, I feel it was greenness and inexperience that received him beat.

I reckon there’ll be lots extra to return from him and he might be a King George winner in ready.

 Verdana Blue (right) put in a huge performance to beat Buveur D'Air

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Verdana Blue (proper) put in an enormous efficiency to beat Buveur D’Air

Buveur D’Air suffered a shock defeat in the Christmas Hurdle, however credit score to Verdana Blue, who is a few mare.

Nico didn’t even use his whip actually and she’s clearly enhancing quick.

Over at Wincanton, Lorcan Williams rode a double aboard Posh Trish and Flic Au Voyou.

The one to take out of the assembly was Hugos Different Horse, who ran inexperienced in the bumper however stayed on actually properly.


KEMPTON KING Clan Des Obeaux wins the King George for Paul Nicholls and part-owner Sir Alex Ferguson


He ought to win a bumper and have a very good future over hurdles.

Up at Wolverhampton Darkish Alliance ran a blinder for me.

I simply obtained squeezed out two furlongs from house and that’s what in all probability value me the race, as I used to be solely simply crushed in second. It’s good to see him again in good type, and that was a a lot improved efficiency.

However in the present day it’s the Welsh Nationwide at Chepstow as we speak and I can’t wait to see the stayers strut their stuff!

 Elegant Escape heads for the Welsh Grand National

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Elegant Escape heads for the Welsh Grand Nationwide

Favorite Elegant Escape ran a blinder in the Ladbrokes Trophy nevertheless it’s an enormous ask for him to win this off top-weight.

The one I like is Folsom Blue.  Gordon Elliott doesn’t simply ship them over right here on a jolly and prime jock Jamie Codd takes the journey which is an enormous plus.

His greatest type is on testing floor and he was unfortunate in the Irish Nationwide final season so I feel he’ll go actually shut.

The opposite horse that would go shut is Yala Enki, who’s a very robust sort and must be suited by this check.

 I'm looking forward to seeing a few of our horses out today

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I am wanting ahead to seeing a couple of of our horses out in the present day

Dad’s received a number of good types at Chepstow and his first runner is Black Jack Kentucky.

He’s not had a begin for us but and has simply taken his time a bit as he’s a bit weak. He gained a point-to-point final yr and is now beginning to come collectively fairly properly.

No matter occurs he’ll enhance for this however this is an effective beginning pointing and he’s a pleasant one for the longer term.

Within the second race we’ve acquired Contact Kick, who runs in the white and inexperienced of Trevor Hemmings. Sam Twiston-Davies takes the journey which is nice because the pair get alongside like no one’s enterprise.


BAGUE FOR LIFE La Bague Au Roi runs out a recreation winner of the Kauto Star at Kempton


He ran rather well at Newbury final time when he was crushed by a pleasant horse educated by Venetia Williams and though this appears one other aggressive contest, he ought to run his race.

He’s not acquired an enormous quantity of weight and I reckon the monitor ought to go well with him nicely.

He’s undoubtedly improved this yr.

The Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle sees Quel Destin take his probability on the prime degree for the primary time. I really like this horse – he’s so robust and all the time provides his all.

 I love Quel Destin and he steps up to the top level for us!

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I really like Quel Destin and he steps as much as the highest degree for us!

I sat on him final week and he was as recent as paint and felt unbelievable. He’s run a number of occasions for us already this yr and retains popping out of his races nicely.

His type is understanding properly too, because the horse he beat at Doncaster gained twice earlier than and the third-placed horse additionally hit the goal.

That is clearly so much harder because it’s his first try at Grade 1 firm and there are some thrilling horses up towards him.

Nicky Henderson’s Adjali is clearly well-fancied and gained rather well at Market Rasen on his British debut.


KEMPTON SHOCK Verdana Blue beats odds-on favorite Buveur D’Air in Christmas Hurdle


We expect a variety of our horse, although, and if he’s going to be a Triumph contender we’d need him to be profitable this.

Truckers Lodge goes in the two.10 and we’re hoping he can reproduce his run on the monitor final time the place he gained in a canter.

He solely got here to us this yr and he’s needed to adapt to our means of doing things. Dad’s actually obtained to grips with him now and he was very spectacular final time.

His bumper type was additionally good round Chepstow so he clearly likes the monitor and though he’s gone up 13lb, it was in all probability deserved.

Friday rides

I’ve acquired two rides at Lingfield on Friday and each have respectable possibilities. Dutch Uncle goes in the opener, an apprentice vendor. 

He’s an excellent horse on his day and used to run off marks in the excessive nineties. 

Coach Olly Murphy hasn’t had him very lengthy and I’m hoping he can get again to his previous degree as he’s well-in on the weights with most of his rivals even with out my declare. 

Whinging Willie is one I worry as his 10lb claimer means he’s additionally weighted fairly properly however I’m hoping my lad is that little bit too stylish.

My different experience is on Little Miss Kodi, who’s a stunning little filly. She gained at Kempton a few begins in the past and appears in good coronary heart in her work. 

She’s not been fairly nearly as good since however has run okay on the monitor earlier than and I can declare off her in this contest so I undoubtedly assume she will run into the body. 

We run Ask For Glory in the bumper on the finish of the cardboard.

He’s a horse by Fame And Glory that Tom Malone purchased after he gained his first begin in a point-to-point very impressively.

He got here to us very drained so we turned him out to grass right away and he appears a special animal now.

Dad actually, actually likes him and he ought to make lovey three mile chaser in time.

It’s an open race with a few huge yards represented and a number of unraced types however we’re hoping he can go properly.

 Our Dynamite Dollars takes on Kalashnikov (pictured)

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Our Dynamite Dollars takes on Kalashnikov (pictured)

Over at Kempton, Dad’s received a couple of runners throughout the afternoon.

Dynamite Dollars takes on Kalashnikov in a cracking Wayward Lad and he’ll clearly have to supply his greatest.

Kalashnikov is a very gifted horse and he’s gained each his chase begins actually impressively. Maria’s Profit is an superior mare and she takes us on too, so it gained’t be straightforward.

Our lad has been cracking this yr although and gained a Grade 1 at Sandown rather well final time. We go there in nice type and, contact wooden, he’ll run an enormous race.

We’re taking over Altior with Diego Du Charmil in the Desert Orchid.

He might want to enhance a good bit however he has a lot of expertise and is a Grade 1 winner.

You possibly can put a line via his first run of the season as he misplaced a shoe and struck into himself.

 I'm hoping Altior could be vulnerable today - but we'll see!

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I am hoping Altior could possibly be weak as we speak – however we’ll see!

Altior is an excellent horse however had a tough race final time towards Un De Sceaux and this is a fast return so I’m hoping he might be weak.

Proprietor Johnny De La Hey has acquired a lot of runners at Kempton at this time and additionally sends Adrien Du Pont in the three.05.

He’s a gifted horse however hasn’t been the simplest.

He seemed the winner at Newbury final trip turning in however didn’t discover something and perhaps simply obtained a bit drained.


KING GEORGE FULL RESULT Who gained the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day?


This monitor ought to go well with him a lot better as he has a lot of tactical velocity and he will get higher floor now so I’m hoping he can produce an enormous efficiency.

There a few in-form horses and I’d be apprehensive about Exitas with spectacular younger conditional Danny Mcmenamin taking off 7lb.

Malaya runs in the ultimate race on the cardboard and she’ll love the bottom.

She was unfortunate final trip when she fell however we’ve schooled her since then and she appears nice once more.  She’s been flattening the door and undoubtedly needs to run once more.

Deadline Diva goes in the opener and is the primary progeny of Frankel in our yard!

She’s come to us from the Flat and has run a few good races over hurdles.

That is her first run for the yard however she’s by no means proven any indicators of dangerous angle and could be very skilled.

It’s a scorching little race however she has one of the best Flat type and should have an excellent probability.

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