Christmas Hurdle: Kempton Betting and Odds Update: King's Tritonic to take on Henderson's Epatante

A bijou field of six will contest the Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day at Kempton and Alan King is hoping his Tritonic can be the guiding star in the face of favourite Epatante.

Planet Sport are on hand with all the latest betting and odds news as Kempton prepares for the Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle on Sunday, December 26.

Tritonic to bring the fizz for Alan King

Alan King is hoping that a break of just eight days will have Tritonic in tip top condition to take on Epatante in a delicious renewal of the Christmas Hurdle.

King's four-year-old, who was a big fancy for last year's Triumph Hurdle where he disappointed, bounced back to form at the weekend in a valuable handicap.

While taking on Fighting Fifth dead-heaters Epatante and Not So Sleepy represents a big step up in class, his connections felt they would not be doing their job properly if they did not have the option given only five others were entered.

"When we were looking at the entries at 11am and there were only three in it we just thought we had to have a look at it," said Iain Turner, racing manager for owner Max McNeil.

"He came out of the race at Ascot fine and while we aren't saying he definitely runs, if we're not even entered he definitely can't.

"We'll see how he is later in the week and if the handicapper puts us up what we are expecting then we won't have much to find with some of them, so why not?

"Straight after Saturday's race the plan was to wait until the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and that will probably remain the plan, but if we weren't looking at this we wouldn't be doing our jobs.

"If we weren't in it and we watched a four-runner race, we'd be asking ourselves why aren't we in it. At this stage I'd say he's a probable runner."

Glory And Fortune (Tom Lacey), Goshen (Gary Moore) and Soaring Glory (Jonjo O'Neill) complete the sextet.

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