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Tom Scudamore: Boxing Day at Kempton was fine way to follow great Christmas

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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After a fantastic Christmas day with Lottie, the girls and my mum at Lottie's parents' house, Kempton on Boxing Day was a very good meeting for me, if a little wet.

Dynaste was very impressive in the Feltham. He jumped fantastically and it was very straightforward for him. He has been nothing but straight forward so far and we're delighted with him.

He's treading the same boards as Grands Crus, who won the race last year but hasn't felt the same horse since. However, I was absolutely over the moon with him in the King George and I'm sure he will come on a lot for the race. He's proved he's back and it means we can now start planning again for the top quality races.

It's the first time he has felt alive in a race since he won the Feltham and he was really attacking his fences again and felt like the real deal.

The Giant Bolster was very disappointing and it's back to the drawing board with him. You can't blame the way round they ran as he has won around Market Rasen, and you can't blame the ground as it was heavier than when he won at Haydock.

Unfortunately, it just wasn't a going day. We know he's better than that and I'm sure he'll bounce back.

I was delighted for Long Run and all his connections. That second win in the King George puts him right up there among the country's heroes. It was an outstanding performance as he proved how tough he is.

Cue Card looked like he didn't stay. I was upsides Joe Tizzard quite a lot of the way and it looked like he was travelling very easily but, when he came down to the business end of the race, he didn't stay.

I suspect they will drop him back in trip now, but that's not to say they won't step him back up again when he's an older horse. If I was a Cue Card fan, I wouldn't be too disappointed by Boxing Day's performance, as I'm sure he'll be winning again once he has dropped back to two or two and a half miles.

Boxing Day's win by Long Run has really opened up the Gold Cup picture for the Festival in March, and it looks like it's going to be an incredibly competitive race.

Bob's Worth is a very worthy favourite after his Hennessy win.

He's a different animal at Cheltenham, which he seems to love. Long Run's win on Boxing Day puts him back into it and I've been blown away by Flemenstar, who runs in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Friday.

However, it can be difficult for Irish horses to translate their form at Cheltenham – Beef or Salmon being a classic example.

The Giant Bolster can't be ruled out either, and I think we just need to forget about Boxing Day's run.

I think I'll be at Newbury tomorrow, when David Pipe may run Gevrey Chambertin, who has done nothing but impress all season, and on New Year's Day I'm not sure whether I'll be at Exeter or Cheltenham.

With the amount of rain about, we'll be lucky to race anywhere over the next few day. The valets are having to work very hard, keeping everything clean and also checking all the stitching which rots when it gets so wet.

Some dry weather would be wonderful to welcome in the New Year, not least for all the people who are having it so tough at the moment with the floods.

New Year's Day Racing takes place at Exeter, with the first race comes under starters' orders at 12.45pm. The free bus leaves Exeter St David's at 11.10am and Exeter's Bus and Coach Station at 11.25am and returns half an hour after the last race. Tickets cost £17 and £22 on the day. Children aged 17 and under go free. Book online or telephone 0844 793005.

www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk

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