KEMPTON PARK KING GEORGE VI CHASE – THREE MILES

KEMPTON PARK KING GEORGE VI CHASE – THREE MILES

The Racing Post standard time for three miles at Kempton Park is 5:54:0 while at Ascot 5:43:0 That for me dismisses claims that Ascot is a stiffer course than Kempton Park. My suggestion is the fences at Ascot are more inviting than the upright, stiff, fences used at Kempton Park.
TIMEFORM FSF FORM RATING
CYRNAME 176 174 178
CLAN DES OBEAUX 168 169 172
THISTLECRACK 167 168 170
ASO 165 167 168
LOSTINTRANSLATION 164 165 168
FOOTPAD 164 165 166
LA BAGUE AU ROI 154 158 158
As we can see from the ratings, Cyrname has 5lb and upwards in hand on all ratings. Whilst his rise to stardom has come at Ascot, it is worth remembering he has won two Grade Two chases here at Kempton Park. He is a fabulous jumper, loves racing on the pace, steadily putting his rivals to the sword. He may have company on this occasion as both La Bague Au Roi and Footpad enjoy racing on the pace. In addition, Thistlecrack and Aso race just behind the pace suggesting there will be no hiding place. Both Cyrname’s sire and dam stayed two-miles five-furlongs. His sires’ best horse over three-miles and further has been Yala Enki. Most of his stock are effective up to two and three-quarter miles. Lostintranslation has risen through the ranks on a variety of tracks and going. Effective at Cheltenham, Aintree, Carlisle, Haydock Park, Sandown Park, and Newbury he has won on good to soft through to soft. (Twice beaten on heavy ground) Winning the Betfair Chase from Bristol De Mai was some achievement. The runner-up achieved the same RPR he recorded when successful in 2018. In addition, Lostintranslation’s jumping, which had been exemplary throughout, let him down when less than fluent at the penultimate and final fence. The trip is not an issue. Given Bristol De Mai’s relentless gallop in the Betfair, jumping at speed through a race did not faze Mr Tizzard’s charge. Clan Des Obeaux is respected. Winner of the race last year, I feel it is fair to suggest this is a more competitive renewal. We should not forget both Waiting Patiently and Might Bite, first and second favourite on the day, failed to finish. Footpad looked back to something like his best when successful at Thurles. However, he needs to improve again and, more importantly, prove he will stay. Neither sire or dam offer much in the way of stamina needed for this test. Thistlecrack’s chance of a second win may have passed him by while Aso looks short of what is needed at this level, over this trip. La Bague Au Roi looked on the way back in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon. Indeed, she beat Topofthegame last Boxing Day. The runner-up went onto to raise his game at Cheltenham, while La Bague Au Roi has subsequently failed to reach a similar level of form. Fascinating renewal. As I write on Monday prior to Boxing Day, I am in the camp of Lostintranslation.

Latest FSFs & Form Ratings in categories

CHELTENHAM NOVICE HURDLERS WINNERS 2019 – FSFs

 

KLASSICAL DREAM 156
MINELLA INDO 147
CITY ISLAND 151

 

FSF (FORM & SPEED) & FORM RATINGS – NOVICE HURDLERS 19/20

                                                                      FSF                                             FORM

ENVOI ALLEN 145 150
ABACADABRAS 143 147
THE CASHEL MAN 142 143
THYME HILL 139 145
PACIFY 138 143
CONCERTISTA 138 137
TURNPIKE TRIP 138 142
MIDNIGHT RUN 137 141
THEBANNERKINGREBEL 137 141
HANG IN THERE 136 141
JANIDIL 136 142
FLORESSA 134 138
SILVER FOREVER 134 137
SEBASTOPOL 134 136
EMBITTERED 134 139
SOVIET PIMPERNEL 132 134
ANDY DUFRESNE 130 140
FURY ROAD 130 140
DECOR IRLANDAIS 129 138
TOP MOON 128 138
BLACKBOW 128 131
SIXSHOOTER 125 133
MOSSY FEN 122 129
BLUE SARI 118 124

CHELTENHAM NOVICE CHASERS WINNERS 2019 – FSFs

 

DUC DES GENIEVRES 165
TOPOFTHEGAME 164
DEFI DU SEUIL 158

 

FSF (FORM & SPEED) & FORM RATINGS – NOVICE CHASERS 19/20

 

SAMCRO 155 159
GRAND SANCY 150 150
AL DANCER 149 152
SLATE HOUSE 148 154
BATTLEOVERDOYEN 148 154
FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES 148 151
ANGELS BREATH 147 153
CHAMP 147 153
BREWIN’UPASTORM 147 150
LAURINA (Mare) 147 151
THOMAS DARBY 147 148
SUMMERVILLE BOY 147 150
AL DANCER 146 150
WHOLESTONE 146 150
BLACK OP 146 151
RESERVE TANK 146 149
NOTEBOOK 145 148
WINDSOR AVENUE 145 152
GETAWAY TRUMP 145 148
CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC 144 152
MASTER TOMMYTUCKER 144 148
LISP 143 143
MELON 142 147
DIABLO DE ROUHET 142 147
FAUGHEEN 141 144
TORPILLO 141 144
TORNADO FLYER 140 142
CASH BACK 140 144
MAIRE BANRIGH (Mare) 140 143
NUBE NEGRA 140 145
DJINGLE 139 146
PYM 139 147
DASHEL DRASHER 138 144
PUT THE KETTLE ON (Mare) 138 142
CHAMPAGNE MYSTERY 137 145

 

FSF (FORM & SPEED) & FORM RATINGS – TOP CHASERS 19/20

 

CYRNAME 174 178
KEMBOY 171 177
ALTIOR 173 177
AL BOUM PHOTO 176 176
MIN 173 175
UN DE SCEAUX 168 171
CHACUN POUR SOI 162 168
LOSTINTRANSLATION 165 172
BALLYOISIN 164 169
TIGER ROLL 172 171
BRISTOL DE MAI 171 171
FOOTPAD 165 166
DEFI DU SEUIL 161 165
POLITOLOGUE 168 168
ASO 167 169
TOP NOTCH (Chase) 165 166
PAISLEY PARK 165 169
DOUVAN 160 166
DEFINITLY RED 157 165
ANIBALE FLY 170 169
CLAN DES OBEAUX 169 170
NATIVE RIVER 168 168
ROAD TO RESPECT 167 167
FRODON 167 169
PRESENTING PERCY 161 167
BELLSHILL 159 167

 FSF (FORM & SPEED) & FORM RATINGS – TOP HURDLERS 19/20

 

PAISLEY PARK 165 169
BUVEUR D’AIR 164 166
IF THE CAP FITS 161 165
VERDANA BLUE (Mare) 159 162
KLASSICAL DREAM 159 159
SHARJAH 159 162
PRESENTING PERCY 157 158
SUPASUNDAE 156 159
CALL ME LORD 156 159
THISTLECRACK 155 159
BENIE DES DIEUX (Mare) 155 157
SALDIER 155 159
BAPAUME 154 158
CH’TIBELLO 154 157
MELON 154 156
SILVER STREAK 153 154
MR ADJUDICATOR 152 156
THE WORLDS END 152 153
CORNERSTONE LAD 152 156
BACARDYS 150 156
COEUR SUBLIME 150 153
APPLE’S JADE (Mare) 150 157
HONEYSUCKLE (Mare) 149 157
EPATANTE (Mare) 144 149

 

Latest Form & Speed Figures (FSFs)

SELECTED FSFS 031219

AL BOUM PHOTO 176
CYRNAME 174
MIN 173
ALTIOR 173
TIGER ROLL 172
KEMBOY 171
BRISTOL DE MAI 171
ANIBALE FLY 170
CLAN DES OBEAUX 169
UN DE SCEAUX 168
POLITOLOGUE 168
NATIVE RIVER 168
ASO 167
ROAD TO RESPECT 167
WAITING PATIENTLY 167
FRODON 167
BUVEUR D’AIR 165
LOSTINTRANSLATION 165
FOOTPAD 165
TOP NOTCH (Chase) 165
PAISLEY PARK 165
PENHILL 164
BALLYOISIN 164
DUC DE GENIEVRES 164
CHACUN POUR SOI 162
PRESENTING PERCY 161
DEFI DU SEUIL 160
ELEGANT ESCAPE 160
SANTINI 160
DOUVAN 160
IF THE CAP FITS 160
SHARJAH 160
VERDANA BLUE (Mare) 159
BELLSHILL 159
MONALEE 158
SAINT CALVADOS 157
DEFINITLY RED 157
SUPASUNDAE 157
DIEGO DU CHARMIL 157
KLASSICAL DREAM 157
KALASHNIKOV 156
FOREST BIHAN 156
CALL ME LORD 156
BALLYOPTIC 156
CAPELAND 156
BENIE DES DIEUX (Hurdles) (Mare) 155
SAMCRO 155
SALDIER 155
A PLUS TARD 154
VINNDICATION 154
JETT 152
THE WORLDS END (Hurdles) 152
CORNERSTONE LAD 151
MASTER DINO 151
CILAOS EMERY 150
COEUR SUBLIME 150
GRAND SANCY 150
FUSIL RAFFLES 150
AL DANCER 149
CHRIS’S DREAM 149
VISION DES FLOS 149
SLATE HOUSE 148
BATTLEOVERDOYEN 148
HONEYSUCKLE (Mare) 148
ORNUA 148
FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES 148
ANGELS BREATH 147
CHAMP 147
LAURINA (Chase) 147
THOMAS DARBY 147
ROKSANA  18/19 146
RESERVE TANK 146
GUMBALL 146
WHOLESTONE 146
BLACK OP 145
LAURINA (Mare) 145
NOTEBOOK 145
TOP NOTCH (Hurdles) 145
HAPPY DIVA 145
ENVOI ALLEN 145
GETAWAY TRUMP 144
CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC 144
CASH BACK 144
LISP 143
ABACADABRAS 142
MAIRE BANRIGH 142
QUEL DESTIN 142
MONSIEUR LECOQ 141
FAUGHEEN (Chase) 141
TORPILLO 141
LADY BUTTONS (Hurdles) 141
TORNADO FLYER 140
GARDENS OF BABYLON 140
THYME HILL 139
CHAMPAGNE COURT 139
OLDGRANGEWOOD 139
PYM 139
CONCERTISTA 139
DASHEL DRASHER 138
PACIFY 138
PUT THE KETTLE ON (Mare) 138
KILFENORA 138
TORPILLO (Chase) 138
TURNPIKE TRIP 138
CHAMPAGNE MYSTERY 137
MIDNIGHT RUN 137
CAPUCCIMIX 137
HANG IN THERE 136
JANIDIL 136
MELON 135
JATILUWIH 135
HARAMBE 134
SILVER FOREVER 133
SOVIET PIMPERNEL 132
FLORESSA (Mare) 132
IF YOU SAY RUN 132
LATEST EXHIBITION 130
FURY ROAD 129
EMBITTERED 129
SURIN 128
BLACKBOW 128
ANDY DUFRESNE 127
LONGHOUSE POET 126
ROCK DE BAUNE 126
SPORTING JOHN 125
ELIXIR D’AINAY 125

The Big Races

2:05 Ascot 2m 5f (2m 5f 8y) Christy 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

I would like one question answered. Is Altior going up in trip as he is losing speed with age or do connections really want to make him a champion over a variety of trips? Recent reports of “Electric work on the gallops” suggest he is not losing his natural speed. Whilst his breeding suggests he will stay this trip, I am unsure if three miles is within his stamina range. That for me rules out the King George and the Gold Cup. I am unsure if the Ryanair is a tempting enough proposition for connections. Whereas Cyrname is at one with Ascot’s unique test, Altior looked less than happy when successful here in January of this year. In Altior’s defence he has won at Kempton and Sandown Park; suggesting a right-handed course does not faze him. (Interestingly both those courses have a longer run to the winning post from the turn for home) Cyrname is by Nickname, a Grade One performer in France and Ireland over two and two and half-miles. A name that conjures images of a memorable day at Auteuil. He has the likes of Frodon and Yala Enki on his C.V suggesting Cyrname has a good shout of staying three miles. In addition, Cyrname’s dam stayed twenty-one furlongs furthering the chance of him staying the King George trip. Both Altior and Cyrname have had wind procedures in the summer displaying the pressure put on top-class horses though their careers. Whilst I will be watching rather than betting, I feel Cyrname’s ability to show top-class form here at Ascot may swing it his way.

3:00 Haydock 3m 1f 125y Cl 1

Bristol De Mai tops FSFs on 173, with Frodon on 170, Lostintranslation on 157, and Ballyoptic on 156.

BDM is four from four at Haydock Park. His best RPR came on heavy ground, 6lb higher than his RPR in this race last year run on good ground. We know he goes well fresh, loves the track and appears adaptable to ground conditions. Two of his three best chase RPRs coming on good and good to soft. One imagines Frodon will be close to the pace. His strong suit is his jumping with his comeback run ruined by lack of fences in the home straight. Whilst successful over this trip his Grade One win came over twenty-one furlongs. Lostintranslation needs to improve 16lb on FSFs and 9lb on Timeform ratings. His comeback run was full of promise. It would have been disappointing had he not won as he did. (Second beaten last weekend while the third was running over a trip short of his best) A form line through Elegant Escape (Also trained by the Tizzard’s) suggests Ballyoptic has 3lb to find with Frodon. This looks sure to be run at a good pace and while not wishing to personally play, I suggest Lostintranslation may come through in the latter stages to land the spoils.