Kempton Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle Racing Odds & Tips – 26th December 2021

Epatante the one to beat at Kempton in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle

Soaring Glory / Tom Scudamore ©IMAGO / Shutterstock 30.10.2021

The Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle from Kempton is part of the big Boxing Day action at the venue.

This Grade 1 contest only has the five declared runners for this year’s edition.

Epatante is a strong favourite for the 2m hurdle as she looks for her fourth Grade 1 career victory.

Can she be stopped? We look at each of the runners in Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle racing odds.

Kempton Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle Racing Odds

Epatante 10/11
Not So Sleepy 11/4
Tritonic 6/1
Soaring Glory 13/2
Glory And Fortune 50/1
* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes)

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Epatante 10/11 FAV in Kempton Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle Racing Odds

EPATANTE may take some stopping on Sunday in this 2m Grade 1 at Kempton.

She is the current 10/11 fav* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

She finished in a dead heat with Not So Sleepy in the Fighting Fifth last month and Epatante will take on that rival once again.

Nico de Boinville takes over for the first time.

There perhaps was excuses at Newcastle last time out for Epatante.

The 2020 Champion Hurdle winner didn’t quite get enough out of the conditions in the Fighting Fifth to excel further.

Epatante was the winner of the Christmas hurdle in 2019. With firmer conditions here, she should be the one to beat.



Can Not So Sleepy take the victory?

NOT SO SLEEPY has won four times before at this distance and it’s going to be a great rematch for him against Epatante.

With the encouraging dead heat with Epatante recently on what was his reappearance, then Not So Sleepy should go well once again.

That effort at Newcastle was on his reappearance in National Hunt.

He clearly benefitted from some time on the flat before recent NEwclaste efforts.

Not So Sleepy is a smart hurdler and clearly deserves his place in this one.

He comes in at a quote of 11/4 in Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle odds* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

But can he overturn Epatante? That may not be the only big challenger that he will be facing on the day.

Tritonic a big threat

There could be a huge threat in this race from TRITONIC who arrives in very good heart at the moment.

He took the Betfair Exchange Trophy under a superb ride eight days ago.

This is a tougher task, but that victory at Ascot sets Tritonic up well for a shot at this.

Alan King’s charge seemed to thrive on the big test of stamina that he faced at this trip.

Tritonic has had a good year, with some positives on the flat and he is starting to shape very well over the hurdles.

It will be very interesting to see what kind of challenge that he can produce.

Tritonic is a 6/1 shot in horse racing betting* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

Does Soaring Glory have enough?

SOARING GLORY has some potential in this sphere, but he didn’t look too comfortable in a small field last time out.

He finished at the back of the pack in a field of 4 in a 2m Newbury race a month ago.

Soaring Glory has won three times over the hurdles.

That includes an impressive score in last season’s Betfair Hurdle.

So he has the ability, and while this looks like a tough challenge a solid run on the day could get him in the mix.

Soaring Glory is a quote of 13/2* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

Glory And Fortune with too much to do?

There looks to be a lot for GLORY AND FORTUNE to overcome at this level, which is a big ask of him.

Improvement has been shown by Glory And Fortune this season, winning back to back efforts at Plumpton and Ffos Las.

The latter of those was the Welsh Champion Hurdle.

He has followed that up with two reasonable efforts.

The form from Glory And Fortune this season hasn’t been bad.

But from 50/1 he has a lot extra to find among this quality* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

Predictions & Tips for Kempton Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle Racing Odds

That recent Fighting Fifth at Newcastle sets up a fascinating rematch between NOT SO SLEEPY and EPATANTE.

Which way to go? It has to be EPATANTE at 10/11 who gets the nod* (odds recorded at 21:59 GMT on December 25th, 2021 at Ladbrokes).

That’s just because the ground didn’t give her as much as she had wanted at Newcastle and should thrive more at Kempton.

She just looks for a better way to go. The recent victory for TRITONIC at the Betfair Exchange Trophy puts him on the radar for a challenge too.

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