Ray Flanagan with Horse Racing selections for 26th and 27th
A few selections for the Boxing Day Racing while I will also include a couple of selections for Sunday’s Paddy Power Chase in view of the fact I will be away until Sunday evening.
Kempton 3.00- Lost In Translation
Have to allow a poor effort in both the Betfair Chase at Haydock and in this race last year, yet remains a top-notcher when he is at his best and the 3 miles on reasonable ground around Kempton should prove ideal. Six length defeat of Topofthegame at Aintree 2019 reads well and a repeat of 2020 Gold Cup third could see him land the spoils for one of the great stalwarts of the game the brilliant Colin Tizzard.
Leopardstown 2.50- Emily Moon
A cracking handicap chase. Emily Moon has kept good company on occasion in novice races and travelled nicely on handicap debut last time over too far of a distance. Could go close dropped back in distance this afternoon.
Wincanton 2.45- Tedham
Jonjo O Neill stable going well and Tedham has a decent chance on the pick of his best efforts including a solid third to Stoney Mountain at Haydock last term. Dropping back slightly in trip but deep ground could negate that.
Sunday Leopardstown- Paddy Power Chase- Captain CJ and Dungevan
Captain CJ had nice form last season including a close second to RSA runner-up Minella Indo at Navan. He debuted with this season with a good third in the Porterstown and connections can ride him positively here with no stamina doubts.
Dungevan on the other hand as to prove his stamina but looks well worth a shot at the trip. A promising bumper horse he has struggled to really make an impact at graded novice level but left the impression there may be more in the locker all the same. Ran well on handicap debut at Punchestown latest and extra yardage could bring out further improvement.
1pt win-LostInTranslation-3.00 Kempton-15-2 General
1.5 pts ew- Emily Moon-2.50 Leopardstown-8-1 P Power-5 places
2 pts win-Tedham-2.45 Wincanton-6-1 General
1.5 pts ew- Captain CJ-2.55 Leopardstown-10-1 P Power- 6 places
1.5 pts ew- Dunvegan-2.55 Leopardstown-14-1 P Power- 6 places.