2023 Christmas Hurdle Betting Odds at Kempton Park racecourse

Tuesday, 26 December 2023

The bookmakers have priced up the 2022 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse, with Flooring Porter set to line up. On the one hand, he has two Stayers Hurdle crowns notched already. On the other, some might argue that the horse is something of a Cheltenham specialist considering a fairly modest strike rate.

There is also lots of lively competition when it comes to this race and Klassical Dream is no stranger to success in the big races. Willie Mullins will be bidding to make this horse one of several Leopardstown winners, while Bob Olinger is another lively contender and Henry de Bromhead would love to make this an emotional victory.

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Flooring Porter has only won two of his past seven encounters. However, those two successes came at the Cheltenham Festival where the Gavin Cromwell-trained runner scored successes in the 2021 and 2022 Stayers Hurdle. Aside from that, there have been no recent wins although the bookies have the horse as favourite.

Flooring Porter was fourth in the recent Railway Bar Lismullen Hurdle, with the horse being beaten by three other horses and that includes winner Home By The Lee. Bob Olinger was also finishing ahead of the two-time Stayers Hurdle champion, with the Henry de Bromhead-trained runner landing second spot.

It was hard to make head or tail of Bob Olinger’s performance when winning the Turners Novices’ Chase considering there were only three other contenders in the race. Being pulled up at Punchestown was a red flag although the horse’s more recent outing suggests a return to form. It doesn’t explain why Home By The Lee is an even bigger price.

As for Klassical Dream, it has been two consecutive second-placed finishes and the eight-year-old produced a solid performance in the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle when actually beating Honeysuckle. He was beaten by a neck by Teahupoo although that performance suggests he will have his backers when it comes to this festive encounter.