The festive interval means there’s a plethora of Nationwide Hunt conferences on to present horse racing followers their repair. To wrap up the aggressive 12 months of 2021, which had some totally entertaining races and loads of upsets to the annual King George VI Chase and different Grade One races have been in full swing to finish the Christmas festivities in type. As standard, the shape information went fully out the window to upset the Paddy Energy horse racing outcomes and if a few of these races are something to go by, 2022 could have loads extra shocks in retailer for us. Learn on, as we break down what occurred over Boxing Day’s largest horse races.
Henderson stands tall in Christmas Hurdle
The second leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling, there’s a massive deal across the Christmas Hurdle as one of the crucial vital Grade One races of the festive interval. Final 12 months’s race, gained by Adam Wedge’s Silver Streak, was ran behind closed doorways however this 12 months a capability crowd was available to assist the Nicky Henderson-trained Epatante as he picked up the highest prize.
With a lot of discuss pre-race over Glory And Fortune, after robust performances at Newbury and Cheltenham again in November, seven-year-old Epatante was considerably missed earlier than the beginning of the race. However he actually lived as much as expectations, ending the 12 months with an enormous win and one other private accolade for Henderson.
Upset within the King George
The King George actually is what Boxing Day racing is all about. The camaraderie of a day on the races rapidly goes out the window within the aggressive three-mile occasion at Kempton Park. This 12 months, a shock was on the playing cards as 28/1 outsider Twister Flyer picked up win that may shock any bookies providing quick racing outcomes. The Willie Mullins-trained horse, who was jockeyed by son Danny, put in a spectacular efficiency worthy of the legendary coach’s pedigree to see off the likes of Clan Des Obeaux and Saint Calvados in a shock flip of occasions
“Profitable a King George is one thing you dream about. You take a look at the likes of Kauto Star and the opposite horses which have gained it. For Twister Flyer to go and put in a efficiency like that’s magic.” Mullins junior stated: “I obtained into an excellent place early and he travelled into the race very effectively. I simply wished to maintain saving a bit because it’s a great distance down the straight right here and fortunately I had a prepared associate, which is what it’s all about.
“I knew I wasn’t out of it – I used to be cautiously optimistic that he’d run an excellent race. On the most effective of his type it’s in there and when he will get all of it collectively he’s a correct good horse. He’s proved that as we speak in such a aggressive race.”
Bravemansgame nonetheless unbeaten over fences
It was a record-equalling fifth successive victory within the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase for Bravemansgame because the Paul Nicholls-trained horse continues to dominate the competitors. Nonetheless unbeaten over fences, the seven-year-old lived as much as his favourites standing and annihilated the remainder of the competitors to safe a memorable win in exceptional trend. Actually a horse to look out for within the coming months, it’s a twelfth Kauto Star title for Nicholls including to victories with Breedsbreeze and Black Corto.