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Pillar Of Hope

It may be tough to give 7lb to the useful looking Arthurs Realm, but there’s something about Mark Johnston’s colt that suggest he’s got plenty more to give. He brushed aside a horse of Roger Varian’s who looks capable of being above average with relative ease on his first run as a 3yo, that coming over a mile at Newcastle. The further he went, the better he looked that day and he looks an exciting prospect. On breeding this step up in trip should suit, his dam was twice placed over 10f at Listed level while he’s also related to top stayers Subjectivist and Sir Ron Priestly.


Faylaq won his only previous start on the all-weather and looks well placed to maintain his 100% record on the polytrack. He arrives here having been gelded and Dubawi’s have a great record following the procedure. He’s won off a break before and remains unexposed as a 5yo. He’ll have to reverse form with Global Giant, who he finished behind at Newbury, but he ran well on that day and another winter under his belt might just see him to better effect here. John Gosden’s runner remains the biggest danger.

Al Zaraqaan

It’s hard not to be drawn in by William Haggas’ colt. He arrives here looking for a four-timer, which would include two victories over course and distance. The previous win here makes his mark of 95 well within reach, as he gave the best part of a stone and a 4l beating to a filly now rated 87. Al Zaraqaan’s handicap success after that run looks equally solid, with the second and third both coming out and winning in their subsequent runs. This Golden Horn colt looks mightily progressive and should have them all at it if he’s returning fully tuned up.

Nigel Nott

If May Sonic arrives here in the same mood as he has on his last two visits here he may take some stopping but at the likely dividends it might be worth chancing Mick Appleby’s charge who is 2lb better off for a length beating on their clash over course and distance last month. Mostly seen over 5f, the 5yo has plenty of good form over this trip. He had a visor fitted two starts back and that saw him finish off better over the minimum trip the last twice, most recently finishing third at Lingfield. They won’t want to let May Sonic get his own way out in front like last time, but he’s not ruled out of this.

About Kempton Racecourse

About Kempton Park

The once under threat Kempton Park has two tracks - a jumps course and all-weather Flat track. Along with mince pies and mulled wine, the Surrey venue’s Christmas fixture is one of the highlights of the festive season. The main event is the King George and the legendary five-time winner of the race, Kauto Star is honoured with a statue at the track. However the 3m chase is just one of three Grades 1s on the Boxing Day card.

Kempton’s all-weather track hosts a high-quality meeting over the Easter weekend and later on in the year the September stakes, which was won by Enable in 2018.

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