Tom Scudamore: “One For The Team could cause an upset”

Tom Scudamore, horse racing

Coral ambassador previews his Boxing Day rides

13.15 Kempton – Hold The Note

He ran a lot better last time at Cheltenham. Three miles may have been stretching him so going back to two and a half miles on soft ground seemed to suit him better. He led them a merry dance for a long way. He’s always had plenty of ability. I’d like to think he’ll have a good solid chance.

13.50 Kempton – One For the Team

I really like this horse. Yes we have a lot find with some of the opposition. We need to find 20lbs with If The Cap Fits and 12lbs with Shan Blue. But his performance last time was a really good one behind Next Destination.

I would like as much rain as possible as he wants the softer ground. The more emphasis on stamina the better. Whatever he does on Saturday he is going to be a very nice horse for the future.

You can pick holes in all of them. If The Cap Fits has been beaten. The Big Breakaway had been beaten. They’ve always thought a lot of Shan Blue and he’s now starting to live up to his reputation but he still has to improve again.

I like my horse a lot. He could cause a bit of an upset.

15.00 Kempton – Black Op

This is a nice ride to pick up in the Ladbrokes King George. On the face of it he has plenty to find but he was a classy hurdler and has beaten Lostintranslation. He’s yet to fully translate that hurdles form to chasing, but he finished second in the Kauto Star last year, so has form round the track.

His confidence has improved over fences and he just didn’t seem to get home over the longer trip in the Ladbrokes Trophy last time out. Tom George trained a big priced outsider, Double Shuffle, to be second in the King George a few years ago and Black Op is at least as good if not better than that horse.

It would not surprise me at all if Black Op is still travelling well turning into the straight and who knows what happens from that point on.

Clan Des Obeaux is a very good horse but he had a hard race at Haydock last time out. Cyrname is the best horse in the race but flopped last year. They’ve all got question marks against them. It’s a much more open race that you might think.

15.35 Kempton – Let’s Get At It

He’s having his first start for Nick. He’s had a bit of time off so hopefully he can be competitive though I’m sure he’ll improve for it.


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