Cue Card claimed an impressive victory in the Betfair Chase and is currently the 10/3 co-favourite to follow up that triumph at Haydock with another win at Kempton which would put down a marker ahead of the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival in March.
The Colin Tizzard horse looks to stand every chance of claiming the spoils and Paddy Power will refund your losing stakes if your selection finishes second to Cue Card in the race, with a maximum refund of £100 available for each customer.
The trainer reveals he couldn’t be happier with his runner ahead of the Boxing Day showdown, saying: “As for Cue Card, this Thursday is a big day and I wouldn’t trade him for anything. He had a very busy time on the gallops last week and I couldn’t be happier with him. He is in great order and is as enthusiastic as ever. We’re going into the race with the best horse, now we just need the rub of the green.”
Dynaste is also available at 10/3 to win the race and trainer David Pipe expects his charge to get a lot closer to Cue Card this time around, having finished second in the Betfair Chase on what was his first outing of the season.
Meanwhile, there are two Paul Nicholls horses with very lively chances in Al Ferof and Silviniaco Conti, with the former returning to the track for the first time in over a year after winning the Paddy Power Gold Cup in 2012.
Long Run won this race twelve months ago and can be backed at 10/1 although Captain Chris (who finishes second in 2012) will miss the race with a leg injury.