Paul Green's Keen on Depp Purple to Reign
Daily Star - 2009-12-23
PAUL Green will be hoping that Purple is the colour in fashion in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, writes Tony Lewis.
He is the owner of Deep Purple, who goes to the Sunbury track un- beaten in both his starts this sea- son in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and Huntingdon’s Peterborough Chase.
Trainer Evan Williams does admit though to being “in awe” of Kauto Star as he puts the finishing touches to Deep Purple’s preparation.
The Llancarfan trainer reports the horse to be in top form ahead of his clash with the three-time King George victor and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero in racing’s Christmas cracker.
“I can’t say I’m looking forward to it, if I’m brutally honest, because that old Kauto puts the fear of God into me sometimes with the performances he puts up,” said Williams.
“I couldn’t be going there any more confident. I’ve got a horse who’s full of confidence.
“It’s always nice going for these types of races with a horse in magnificent form.
“I can’t quite grab how he is improving. It’s frightening really sometimes how these horses do develop like they do.
“We have always thought the world of him, but his upward curve this year is brilliant. It’s a massive boost to be going into the King George taking on one of the best horses we have ever seen. “We go there a little bit in awe of him, but with a horse that doesn’t give a hoot what he runs against, on top form with himself and he doesn’t know what he’s racing against. It’s all about getting a bit of luck. We might improve again and Kauto might not and we might be there with a chance but being realistic, I think we’ve got an aw- fully tough job on our hands to topple that champion.
“I couldn’t be happier with our horse. We’re very fortunate we’ve had things go so smoothly. “We’re more than happy to be going there and having a crack at them.”
The well-backed Le Beau Bai remains the 5-1 favourite with the sponsors for next Monday’s Coral Welsh Nationa at Chepstow.
“Whilst it’s obviously disappointing that Beroni and Our Monty will not attempt to give the Irish a second successive win in the race, the good news for punters is that Le Beau Bai is still on track to land what would be a considerable gamble, having been 25-1 prior to his recent course victory,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
Go Native will face a maximum of eight rivals in the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day as he bids to keep his connections’ dreams of a £l million bonus alive.
Noel Meade’s charge took the first leg of the WBX Hurdling Triple Crown with a shock victory in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.
He now goes for the second leg which saw 2008 Fighting Fifth winner Punjabi fall 12 months ago and shatter hopes of scooping the pool though he did take the third leg, the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
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