Daryl Jacob: Josses in fine form
Daryl Jacob goes through his Boxing Day rides at Kempton in his latest column, including Josses Hill in the King George.
Josses Hill: Schooled well under Daryl on Friday
I've a small but select book of rides at Kempton on Boxing Day and I can't wait to get on Josses Hill in the 32Red King George VI Chase.
Don't be thinking this is all about Cue Card and Thistlecrack. Obviously they are great horses and will be hard to beat, but this is a horse race and we go in there with plenty of confidence.
I've never ridden Josses Hill in a race but I've got to know him this week and what a beautiful horse he is. I rode work on him the other day and he worked great, I schooled him on Friday morning and he schooled great, we're all very happy with him.
His Peterborough Chase form at Huntingdon last time looks good and he goes into Boxing Day with an exciting chance. It could be tactical, I'll be having a word with Nicky Henderson and the owner in the parade ring to discuss how we'll approach the race, but I can't wait.
Earlier on the card I ride Might Bite for Nicky in the Grade One 32Red Kauto Star Novices' Chase and he's another with a good chance.
He's a fine, big, scopey horse and he gave me a great feel at Doncaster last time out, winning easily in a good time.
It's a step up in trip and a step up in grade at Kempton, but I expect the track and trip to suit and he should go well.
My third and final ride at Kempton on Boxing Day is Omessa Has in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle at 3.45.
This is a bit of a fact-finding mission with her as she didn't seem to have the speed for two miles in the Gerry Feilden, so we're going up in trip to two miles and five furlongs to see what she can do.
She had good form in France and had a high enough reputation, but she had a bit of a problem with her wind after her first run in this country so hopefully the first-time tongue-tie can help with that.
Looking back to last weekend I was delighted with Top Notch in the GL Events Owen Brown Graduation Chase at Ascot.
Obviously visibility wasn't great, but I can tell you he was very good, he jumped very well and he's going the right way. It was a good performance off a good even gallop and he got the trip well.
That'll open up options for him and the same can be said for Alex De Larredya despite his fifth-place finish in the Long Walk.
He jumped and travelled well, but he just got tired after a long hard season in France. I think there were plenty of positives to take from him coming over as we learnt lots about him.
Finally, I was really impressed with River Wylde at Ludlow on Wednesday.
He settled nicely, jumped well, quickened. He's a smart horse, an exciting horse and I liked him a lot.
He'll have to step up into a bigger grade to see where his future lies but there was plenty to like about the way he went about his business.
*Daryl will be back on Boxing Day to discuss his Chepstow rides on December 27, including Vyta Du Roc in the Welsh National.
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