Timeform: Cue Card by far the best

  • Last Updated: December 24 2013, 7:37 GMT

Timeform ratings suggest that Cue Card only needs to jump round to win the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Cue Card: Rated 9lbs superior by Timeform
Cue Card: Rated 9lbs superior by Timeform

Colin Tizzard's ace, the second-best jumps horse in training according to Timeform, heads a high-quality field for the three mile Grade One on Boxing Day.

And the Betfair Chase winner is rated 9lbs clear of his eight rivals.

Unbeaten chasing superstar Sprinter Sacre, who is due to make his long-awaited reappearance at Kempton twenty-four hours later, is the only horse that Timeform currently rate above Cue Card.

Timeform Jumps Handicapper Phil Turner commented: "Cue Card is a top-notch performer - both in terms of form and consistency.

"Admittedly, he had a rare off-day when flopping in last year's King George, but there were excuses then and he's since proven himself at the trip.

"All things being equal, I'd fully expect him to confirm Betfair Chase placings with those who reoppose him on Boxing Day."

Dynaste, Silviniaco Conti and dual King George winner Long Run were the next three home in the Betfair Chase and join Cue Card at Kempton in a strong field which also includes Irish raider Mount Benbulben, three-times course winner Menorah and the recent Peterborough Chase one-two Riverside Theatre and Champion Court.

The main danger, however, could prove to be Al Ferof, who defeated both Sprinter Sacre and Cue Card when winning the 2011 Supreme Novices' Hurdle but has been beaten by Cue Card on their two other meetings.

Turner added: "Al Ferof is the unknown quantity in the field. His comeback win at Ascot was little more than a schooling session, but he's long promised to make into a top-class staying chaser and could well find further improvement for the step up in trip on Boxing Day."

Quality rather than quantity is very much the order of the day on Kempton's Boxing Day card, with the Grade One Christmas Hurdle attracting just six runners, but notably they include the two highest-rated British-based two-mile hurdlers, The New One and My Tent Or Yours.

Turner said: "In truth, the Christmas Hurdle is effectively a two-horse race but it is still a mouth-watering clash. The New One just heads the way on Timeform ratings at present, but there is only 2lb between them and it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if My Tent Or Yours could find the necessary improvement to bridge that gap."

King George VI Chase (all ratings weight-adjusted)

191 CUE CARD

182 SILVINIACO CONTI

182 DYNASTE

181? LONG RUN

180p AL FEROF

180x MENORAH

173 CHAMPION COURT

173 RIVERSIDE THEATRE

172x MOUNT BENBULBEN

Christmas Hurdle

183p THE NEW ONE

181p MY TENT OR YOURS

165 GRUMETI

162 SAMETEGAL

154 DUKE OF NAVAN

- CHAPEL HOUSE


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