Horse racing: Hopefully, a Star turn will be lucky 13 for me

The palms were really sweating and the heart racing when Kauto Star won the Gold Cup back in 2007 when a large bet was placed to fund that weekend's lads' knees-up in Poland.

But even without a financial investment, the nerves will be jangling more than ever in tomorrow's King George when Kauto can hopefully land us a record-equalling 13 winning naps in a row (3pm).

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First things first though, and today's selection, No Complaining, needs to oblige at Lingfield (3pm) – it would be sod's law that he gets turned over just when a piece of history beckons.

Apparently, in the history of the Racing Post Naps Competition, 13 successive winners is the current record set by the Daily Express back in 1985 and if the gods are against us we will fall at one of the last two fences just when it's getting exciting!

Still, if today's selection does the business then it will be all down to Kauto for whom, in my book, the Kempton fences are the biggest danger.

Wetherby also hold a fair card locally tomorrow but there's little doubt that Kauto is the class act of the day.

It was said before the King George was originally abandoned on Boxing Day – and it will be said again – that his form is quite simply head and shoulders above his race rivals'.

There are some who feel he should be 2-5 not 4-6 and I'm one of them.

Nothing is ever that straightforward and Kauto could simply underperform or one of his opponents could improve dramatically.

That said, Long Run is just not for me after his disappointing effort last time and while The Nightingale has been well-backed it is essentially each-way money.

It will be nervy watching for anyone with a bet on him let alone for me if Kauto stands to be winning nap number 13, but putting the head on the chopping block my gut feeling is – if he jumps he wins.

Still, naps comp or otherwise, Kauto won't be for everyone at 4-6 and a better bet, value-wise, may be Khyber Kim in Kempton's other feature – the Christmas Hurdle (2.25pm).

Binocular leads the market for this one but he hardly convinced on his reappearance run behind Peddlers Cross and on that form he is held anyway by Starluck.

That one would probably have been the selection but the problem with the Andrew Fleming-trained horse could be the ground – even jockey Timmy Murphy admits it could be too soft.

So, while Overturn and Escort Men are live outsiders, this looks best left to Khyber Kim who has top class form, will love the ground and is said to be in rude health by trainer Nigel Twiston Davies. He looks decent value at 3-1.

Elsewhere, as far as Wetherby's card goes, Freddie Brown looked a decent prospect last time and ought to go close in the 1.30pm.

Corso Palladio, meanwhile, is a horse on the upgrade and can be reasonably fancied to collect again in the handicap at 2.35pm.

There also should be two decent bets on the all-weather cards at

Lingfield in Angelic Upstart (2.20pm) and Palais Glide (3.30pm).

Angelic Upstart has won his last two and looks just the type to continue on the upgrade. Palais Glide, meanwhile, went very close indeed last time and it's a fair bet this will be his time to get his head in front.

Let's just pray my next two naps do just that and put the YEP's name up in racing lights.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

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