Kempton betting tips: Altior and Momella obvious bets on Thursday

Kempton betting tips for December 27 have Momella down as the NAP on the six-race card in the 3m mares’ handicap hurdle. Altior cannot be opposed in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase and is long odds-on to win, so is our next best bet. The each-way value can be found in the same race, however, on Special Tiara. Detailed Kempton betting tips for December 27 follow below.

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Momella a strong fancy at Kempton

Momella looks the class act in a seven-runner mares’ handicap hurdle over 3m at Kempton on Thursday (13:55) and is well-fancied to win despite carrying top-weight. The Harry Fry trained six-year-old daughter of Sholokhov was going well in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury when coming to grief two out.

As an Irish point winner, getting this trip should be no problem for Momella and this is her easiest assignment for a year. She was an eye-catching runner-up to On The Blind Side in the Hyde Novices’ Hurdle, before plundering a mares’ handicap at Cheltenham and finishing a fine 3 1/2 lengths third to Black Op in an Aintree Grade 1.

This is strong form and connections then moved Momella to Dorset handler Fry’s yard from the Dan Skelton stable. She also had a wind op, which looked to be helping her make smooth headway at Newbury before she took a tumble.

Provided she is no worse for the fall, then Momella should cash in on this considerable ease in grade. Fry is bang in-form and Noel Fehily again takes the ride, so everything is in place for a huge run. Momella thus rates the NAP of our Kempton betting tips for December 27.

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Altior impossible to oppose in Desert Orchid

Just five line-up in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase (14:30) over 2m, and Altior is long odds-on to win. On all known form, he should have a comfortable victory but is a very very short price to do so for champion trainer Nicky Henderson.

This awesome horse of a lifetime is unbeaten in 10 starts over fences, having proved himself the best two-mile chaser on planet Earth. Altior is the reigning Queen Mother Champion Chase winner and odds-on to retain his crown at the Cheltenham Festival come March.

He coped with atrocious conditions at Sandown on reappearance in the Tingle Creek, pulling readily clear of Un De Sceaux up the hill to score by four lengths. Young pretenders Saint Calvados and Sceau Royal were toiling in Altior’s wake, so his status as the top horse is undisputed.

Granted a clear round, his four Desert Orchid rivals are playing for places and he’s thus the only option in the win betting despite prohibitive odds. Altior is thus our next best bet in our Kempton betting tips for December 27 and a double with Momella is advised.  

Special Tiara a forecast, each-way or place punt

There’s no value in backing Altior on his own, so of the four up against him Special Tiara is taken for the forecast spot, as an each-way bet where the win only part is written off or to place. This Henry De Bromhead trained veteran turns 12 next week, but is the obvious choice to chase the red-hot jolly home.

Former Queen Mother hero Special Tiara is seen to best effect on a sound surface and the drying ground is a clear plus. This son of Kayf Tara has also won this twice before, so clearly loves Kempton and that is also a tick in the box for forecast purposes.

He was third to Castlegrace Paddy in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase on reappearance at Cork on soft going that wasn’t ideal. Special Tiara also has Diego Du Charmil held on Sandown form from back in April as he’s 3lb better off at the weights and finished five lengths in front of Paul Nicholls’ runner.

Although not open to any more improvement, that course and distance form sets him apart from the remainder. Special Tiara thus completes our Kempton betting tips for December 27 as a straight forecast selection to finish second, or each-way or place bet behind Altior.

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