Horse racing: Frost is only rival as Kauto Star looks to shine

Even money Kauto Star looked too good to be true and it was.

Odds-against has long gone and even those smugly on at evens are likely to get the unwanted announcement that Boxing Day's all-star Kempton card has joined Wetherby's fixture and fallen foul of the weather.

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However, granted kindness from the elements, Kauto still looks a good bet even at 4-6 to land a record-breaking fifth-consecutive King George (3pm).

Kempton will inspect today and the prospects do not look good with the meeting 2-1 to survive yesterday and odds-on to join several others and be called off.

But, quite simply, if racing does go ahead, then Kauto looks a banker bet to land a fifth King George and as long as he jumps round he should win.

Kauto's form is head and shoulders above that of his rivals and just one look at the ratings tells you just that – Kauto rated 190 and next best Albertas Run coming in at 168, with the more in-form

Forpaddytheplasterer at 169.

That means in a handicap Kauto would be giving the whole field at least 211bs yet in his favourite race he competes off levels?

Never mind 4-5 even, Kauto should be more like 2-5 and with Tony McCoy in the saddle, replacing the injured Noel Fehily, he looks a banker bet with a capital B and should win and win well barring an accident or a major off day.

Boxing Day's other Kempton feature is the Christmas Hurdle but that looks super competitive with Starluck just preferred to Khyber Kim, Binocular and Overturn at 3-1. However, better bets at Kempton, should the meeting survive, appear to be Toubab in the opener (12.40pm) and

Master Of The Hall in the Feltham at 1.50pm.

Toubab looked a potential superstar when hosing up last time and as Paul Nicholls is thinking of aiming his horse at the top novice hurdle championship races, he will very likely win this and win well even with a penalty.

Master Of The Hall, meanwhile, looked to have a serious engine when surviving a last fence scare to oblige at Ascot last time and he can prove too good for Aiteen Thirtythree who may just lack Master Of The Hall's turn of foot.

Indeed, it could be a real red-letter day for Henderson as who has fine prospects of landing an opening race double at Fontwell should that meeting survive through Peveril (12.35pm) and Semi Colon (1.10pm).

Big things are expected of Peveril over fences and he can win on his chase debut while Semi Colon won with the minimum of fuss at Hereford last time and can go in again getting weight from her rivals.

The excellent Andrew Tinkler can steer them both home, but that's if the meeting survives the elements and Sod's Law we will be left with only Wolverhampton!

Still, if so, then Oh So Kool (1.35pm) and Palm Pilot (2.10pm) may be the ones to keep us in profit on an uninspiring card.

Oh So Kool has the best form in his race and with Ryan Clark taking another five pounds off, that should be enough to see him get his head in front.

Palm Pilot, meanwhile, would probably have won last time but for racing on the slowest part of the track and she can probably break her duck for the in-form Ed Dunlop team.

Best of luck and have a good Christmas. Best present would be at least one National Hunt fixture surviving this big freeze!

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