It should be a Christmas period to savour for racing fans with Cyrname, Lostintranslation, Altior and Clan Des Obeaux among the star entries for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The rematch between Cyrname and Altior will be greatly anticipated, while Gold Cup favourite Lostintranslation could assert his domination on the division if successful for Colin Tizzard.

Last year’s hero Clan Des Obeaux cannot be discounted, while Footpad made an impressive winning return at Thurles and should be suited by the King George with more of an emphasis on speed around Kempton than many other tracks.

The following day it will be all about stamina as Chepstow hosts the Coral Welsh Grand National with the lightly-raced Truckers Lodge and Give Me A Copper among the market principals.

2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup scorer Native River could also contest the marathon event in which stablemate Elegant Escape, Ramses De Teillee and Now McGinty are other leading contenders.

Racing fans do not have to wait until Christmas for all the goods though with an exciting Tingle Creek day at Sandown earlier in the month.

Star chaser Defi Du Seuil will be the one to beat in the Betfair-sponsored race, while a stellar Saturday also features the return of the Grand National fences with the Becher Chase and Grand Sefton at Aintree.

There is also a two-day meeting at Cheltenham in mid December where last year’s Triumph winner Pentland Hills is set to be among the leading lights in the Unibet International Hurdle.

Festival clues should also be served with a Triumph trial, perennially high-class novice events and the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup - won last year by subsequent Ryanair scorer Frodon.

Add in the Fitzdares Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon - a likely target for Bags Groove - and it really is a month to enjoy for jump racing enthusiasts.

by Racing Post's Jack Haynes at Rewards4Racing

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