Alan King Stable Tour

    The Master of Barbury Castle has made a smart start to the new season and here he takes the wraps off his promising team for the months ahead.
  • Friday 12 October 2018
  • Stable Tours

By his own high standards, the 2017/18 Jumps season was a little below par for Alan King with 58 winners and £923,496 in prize money.

That was some way behind his 104 winner and £1,373,270 achieved the previous season but with 29 winners on the board already this season it is clear that the Master of Barbury Castle is making a good fist of returning to his higher pedestal.

Once again, there look exciting times ahead for the slick chaser Sceau Royal who won the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown by 11 lengths from North Hill Harvey and the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster in January before meeting with a setback which forced him to miss Cheltenham.

Spritely young hurdler Redicean was to meet with his only defeat at Cheltenham in the JCB Triumph Hurdle when finishing sixth to Farclas but he has summered well and is one of a number of emerging young horses on whom King and his team will be pinning their hopes on for a busy period ahead.

Alan kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his leading lights for the season ahead. 

All Horses

Alsa Mix (FR)

  • 6-y-o; grey mare
  • Breeding: Al Namix - Lady Tsana (True Brave)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Worcester, 2 Sep 2018 15:15
  • Result: Won/8, in touch in mid-division, closed over 4f out, challenged 3f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on
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Form Profile:

Winner of her point-to-point in Ireland and a bumper at Worcester in September.

Trainer Says:

She was an Irish point winner and she had a little hold up in the spring but we got her back and she won her bumper well at Worcester a few weeks ago. She is now going to go mares’ novice hurdling but we are just going to wait for the weather to break as she will need a bit of cut in the ground. She will want two and a half miles plus but I think she is quite useful.

Video Form
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Azzerti (FR)

Form Profile:

136 rated hurdler and chaser. Gained his last success in a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon (2m 3 1/2f) in February when beating Mr Antolini two and a quarter lengths.

Trainer Says:

He had one run over fences last year and was probably past his best when finishing fourth at Worcester. He jumped well enough and the plan is to give him one run over hurdles and then go back chasing. Again, we have been held up with the schooling as a result of the ground. He will be running in two and a half mile novice chases.

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Bastien (FR)

Form Profile:

135 rated hurdler. Winner of a handicap hurdle at Towcester (2m 5f) in November when beating Who’s My Jockey four and a half lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is going to go novice chasing and he was a decent handicapper over hurdles. I think he has improved an awful lot over the summer and I am looking forward to getting him schooled and sending him novice chasing over two and a half to three miles. He loves soft ground.

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Canelo (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Nobody's Darling (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Fontwell, 20 Apr 2018 14:50
  • Result: Won/12, tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, challenging when not fluent 2 out, led before last, clear last, stayed on well
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Form Profile:

128 rated hurdler. Gained his second success in novice hurdle company when beating Chimes Of Dylan six lengths in at Fontwell (2m 5 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is another who is due to go novice chasing. He won a couple of novice hurdles last season and was fourth in the EBF Final at Sandown. He will now race in the colour of JP McManus and he is very likeable. He will run over two and half miles to two six plus.

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Chosen Path (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Well Chosen - Karsulu (Mukaddamah)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Aintree, 14 Apr 2018 14:25
  • Result: 8/12, held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, modest 9th and ridden before 3 out, soon left well behind
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Form Profile:

136 rated hurdler. Gained his last victory in a novices’ hurdle at Kempton (2m 5f) in March when beating Champagne Champ five lengths.

Trainer Says:

He won a couple of novices’ last season and is another due to go chasing. He has a bit of form in the Irish point-to-point field and, again, two and a half miles to start with and he will probably get further.

Video Form
7 Oct 2017:

Cosmeapolitan

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mawatheeq - Cosmea (Compton Place)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Windsor, 11 Jun 2018 19:20
  • Result: 4/8, held up just off the pace in 5th, headway on outside chasing leaders over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

126 rated hurdler. Has been running on the Flat and won a handicap at Kempton (1m 3f) in February by three quarters of a length from Kelly’s Dino.

Trainer Says:

He is going to go back over hurdles and I think he only just gets two miles. Hopefully on a sharpish track he should be well up to winning again. He has had his first proper summer holiday after going flat and jumping and I am hoping it will have done him good. He should pay his way.

Video Form
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Cracker Factory

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Poet's Voice - Pure Song (Singspiel)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Market Rasen, 29 Sep 2018 14:15
  • Result: 2/9, took keen hold, tracked leader, not fluent 2nd or 3 out, led before 2 out, driven and joined when not fluent last, headed flat, no impression towards finish
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Form Profile:

138 rated hurdler. Winner of his first three races over hurdles at Aintree (2m 1/2f) in June and twice at Newton Abbot (2m 1f) in July and August. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Jack Regan at Market Rasen (2m 1/2f) latest start in September.

Trainer Says:

He has had a good Summer and won his first three and was narrowly beaten at Market Rasen in September. There was no disgrace in being beaten giving 8lb to Jack Regan. He will probably go to Wetherby for the Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle at the end of the month and I would imagine that when the rain comes he will have a little winter break. I can’t imagine he will handle deep ground.

Video Form
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Deyrann De Carjac (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Balko - Queyrann (Sheyrann)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 13 Oct 2018 13:55
  • Result: 2/9, tracked leaders, went 2nd from 3 out, challenged approaching last, kept on but no impression on winner towards finish
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Form Profile:

126 rated hurdler. Off the mark over hurdles at Warwick (2m) in May when slamming Spgroppino 20 lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely horse and I would hope and think he is one of my better novices. He had placed form last year and won in the new season at Warwick then we put him away. He will start pretty soon and he has the pace for two but I think he will be better at two and half miles.

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Dingo Dollar (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Golden Lariat - Social Society (Moscow Society)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Ayr, 21 Apr 2018 14:20
  • Result: 2/16, prominent, led 3rd, not fluent 7th or 15th, ridden and stayed on gamely flat, headed towards finish
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Form Profile:

148 rated chaser. Success in novice handicap chases at Newbury (2m 7 1/2f) in December (beating Baden 15 lengths) and followed up at Doncaster (3m) in February when accounting for Baden again by three lengths. Creditable runner-up, beaten only a length, to Crosshue Boy.

Trainer Says:

He might be heading for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury. I imagine we will try and get one run into him beforehand and if the run comes he could go to Wetherby on Charlie Hall Day for the two and a half mile handicap and then, hopefully, on to the Ladbrokes Trophy. Long term I could see him as a Scottish National type and he wouldn’t want the ground too soft.

Video Form
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Elysees (IRE)

Form Profile:

Progressive horse on the Flat and gained his last success when beating Dageuneau four and a half lengths at Sandown (1m 6f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He has done well on the Flat for us and he will go juvenile hurdling. He will probably start at Chepstow on Sunday.

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Full Glass (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Diamond Green - Full Tune (Green Tune)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Ayr, 20 Apr 2018 15:45
  • Result: 3/12, held up in touch, headway 5 out, chased winner when not fluent 3 out, one pace in 3rd between last 2, soon ridden, no impression with front pair before last
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Form Profile:

142 rated chaser. Formerly with Guy Macaire in France and having first run for the stable when finishing third, beaten six lengths, to Value At Risk in a listed handicap chase at Ayr (2m 4 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is an exciting prospect. He came to me late last season and we gave him one run and he finished third at the Scottish National meeting. The ground would have been plenty quick enough for him – I think he wants proper soft ground. If the rain did come he could start in the BetVictor at Cheltenham and two and a half mile will suit and he will get three miles.

Giving Glances

Form Profile:

85 rated Flat performer. Gained her last success at Leicester (1m 4f) in August when beating India two lengths.

Trainer Says:

She is a useful filly on the Flat and won a couple of handicaps. She is just having a little break at the minute and then will go Juvenile hurdling. I would like to get her ready for that Listed Fillies Hurdle at Aintree at the beginning of December. I think she could be pretty useful and I have been happy with her schooling.

Video Form
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Good Man Pat (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Basically Supreme (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Aintree, 13 Apr 2018 16:40
  • Result: PU/13, tracked leaders, lost a few places and not fluent 3rd, hit 9th, struggling after 4 out, well behind when pulled up before 2 out
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Form Profile:

135 rated hurdler. Scoring for the second time over hurdles when beating Molly The Dolly two lengths in a novices’ hurdle at Southwell (3m) in March.

Trainer Says:

He is due to go novice chasing and won a couple for us over hurdles last year. He is a quirky little devil and has his own ideas but he has ability and I am hoping fences might improve him.

Video Form
5 Mar 2018:

Grey Diamond (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of his bumper at Ffos Las in May.

Trainer Says:

He is another exciting horse and we just have to keep a lid on him. He was free and pulled awfully hard when he won his bumper at Ffos Las. I won’t run him in another bumper and will go straight over hurdles which might give the jockeys a chance to get him to settle. I think there is a very big engine in there and we have just got to get him to do it properly.

Video Form
26 May 2018:

Harambe

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Malinas - Crystal Princess (Definite Article)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Aintree, 13 Apr 2018 17:15
  • Result: 3/20, mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on when held inside final furlong, lost 2nd post
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Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper on his debut at Ludlow in December and subsequently finished creditable third in the Grade 2 Bumper at Aintree.

Trainer Says:

He is a good bumper horse from last year who finished third at Aintree. He will start novice hurdle and will go over two miles and then we will see where we are with him.

Hotter Than Hell (FR)

Form Profile:

Runner-up in the Goffs UK Bumper at Newbury in March.

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely filly and we are going to keep her to bumpers this year. She only had one run and finished second in the Sales Bumper at Newbury. There is a listed mares' bumper at Huntingdon towards Christmas and that would be an option.

Just In Time

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Excelebration - Flying Finish (Priolo)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 13 Oct 2018 15:40
  • Result: 15/33, towards rear, ridden and some headway over 3f out, never near leaders, weakened final furlong
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Form Profile:

97 rated handicapper on the Flat. Scoring for the third time this season when beating Austrian School a head in the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster (1m 6 1/2f) in September.

Trainer Says:

He is due to run in the Cesarewitch on Saturday and then he will go novice hurdling. He has schooled well and has been progressive on the Flat and is now in the high 90s he could be an interesting one.

Video Form
14 Sep 2018:

Kootenay River (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Dubai Destination - Siwaara (Peintre Celebre)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Aintree, 18 May 2018 20:50
  • Result: 2/14, mid-division, headway over 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home
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Form Profile:

Winner of his only point-to-point and runner-up in both of his bumpers beaten only half a length by Rob The Getaway at Aintree in May.

Trainer Says:

He is an English point winner and had two runs in bumpers and finished second both times. He has summered particularly well and is back in strong work now. He will go novice hurdling and I would imagine two and a half miles to start and see how we go.

Label Des Obeaux (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Saddler Maker - La Bessiere (Loup Solitaire)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Ayr, 21 Apr 2018 16:05
  • Result: 6/29, held up towards rear, jumped right at times, not fluent 14th, headway 23rd, never on terms
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Form Profile:

146 rated chaser. Finished sixth, beaten 13 lengths, to Joe Farrell in the Scottish National at Ayr (4m) in April on his final start.

Trainer Says:

He struggled a bit last year and the handicapper had hold of him. He did end his season with a decent run in the Scottish National. I might give him a spin over hurdles to get him started then he will be aimed at those long-distance chases.

Video Form
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Mia's Storm (IRE)

Form Profile:

147 rated chaser. Gained her most prestigious success in a Listed mares’ chase at Market Rasen in November when scoring by 13 lengths from Antartica De Thaix.

Trainer Says:

She started the season really well and then things didn’t pan out for her in the spring. She is very ground dependent and does need good ground. She is back in very good form and I may give her one run over hurdles just as a confidence booster. She will then go for the good mares’ chases but you won’t see her in mid-winter.

Video Form
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Midnightreferendum

Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper on her second start and runner-up in the Grade 2 mares’ bumper at Aintree.

Trainer Says:

She is a useful bumper filly and she will go novice hurdling. She has schooled well and is nearly ready to run. She will be out as soon as we get a drop of rain.

Video Form
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Nayati (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Spirit One - Smadouce (Smadoun)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 13 Oct 2018 16:10
  • Result: 3/8, mid-division, headway 4 out, 2nd 2 out, every chance before approaching last, 3rd and unable to quicken flat
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Form Profile:

124 rated hurdler. Winner of novice events at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in December and Ascot (1m 7 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He won his first two for us last year and had probably gone over the top on his last run. He has summered well and will probably start in the four-year-old hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday.

Video Form
13 Oct 2018:

Nebuchadnezzar (FR)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Planteur - Trexana (Kaldoun)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Leicester, 9 Oct 2018 14:15
  • Result: 4/11, tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and hung right over 1f out, kept on same pace in 4th
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Form Profile:

69 rated Flat performer. Probably best effort when third, beaten four and a half lengths, to Pippin at Newbury (1m 4f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He is a big strong horse and has had a summer break as he didn’t want fast ground. He will have one more run on the Flat and then go juvenile hurdling.

Nylon Speed (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Campanologist - Neuquen (Rock Of Gibraltar)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Huntingdon, 16 Oct 2018 14:10
  • Result: 2/12, held up in 4th, headway and in touch after 4 out, disputed lead before 2 out, driven and readily outpaced by winner between last 2, no chance after, kept on
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Form Profile:

Winner of both of his start since joining the stable. Landed a handicap on the Flat at Kempton (1m 4f) in August and made a successful debut over hurdles at Warwick in September when beating Full Bore a length and a quarter.

Trainer Says:

He has won his two for me. He won on the Flat at Kempton and then on his hurdling debut at Warwick. We will stay down the hurdle route until we get winter ground and then he will go back to the all-weather. I don’t know how good he is going to be, but he’s won his two and is progressive.

Outofthequestion

Form Profile:

70 rated Flat performer. Winner of two middle distance handicap at Newbury in June and July.

Trainer Says:

He had a good summer and won twice and he has had a break. He is coming back and will be ready to go hurdling from November onwards.

Video Form
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Potterman

Form Profile:

130 rated hurdler. Won a maiden hurdle at Huntingdon in May and a novice at Bangor in June.

Trainer Says:

He is an exciting young horse and won at Huntingdon in May and Bangor the following month. He has only just come back in but has been in pre-training and will go down the novice handicap route. I think he is a decent horse and wouldn’t want it too testing.

Redicean

Form Profile:

147 rated hurdler. Winner of his first three races over hurdles culminating in a seven-length victory from Malaya in the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton (2m) in February. Met his only defeat when finishing sixth, beaten 27 lengths, to Farclas in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He has summered well. Cheltenham knocked the stuffing out of him in the Triumph but he’s back in good form. I may give him one run on the Flat or he may go straight back over hurdles for the four-year-old Hurdle at Cheltenham at the end of the month.

Video Form
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River Frost

Form Profile:

143 rated hurdler. Best effort last season when finishing fifth, beaten two lengths, to Court Minstrel in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in October.

Trainer Says:

I think he is going to go novice chasing. He hasn’t schooled yet and we are waiting for rain. We might just give him one run over hurdles in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow this weekend.

Video Form
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Scarlet Dragon

Form Profile:

Finished creditable runner-up, beaten nine lengths, to Global Citizen in the Grade 2 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton (2m) in February and subsequently ninth, beaten 33 lengths, to Lalor in the Grade 1 Top Novices Hurdle at Aintree (2m 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He worked very well last week and he has had a proper holiday for the first time. He will start back over a sharp two miles and we will see where we go but I am very happy with him at the moment.

Video Form
23 Oct 2015:

Sceau Royal (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Doctor Dino - Sandside (Marchand De Sable)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 27 Jan 2018 13:30
  • Result: Won/4, tracked leaders in 3rd, headway before 3 out, chased leader before 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on well run-in
  • View full form
Form Profile:

159 rated chaser. Winner of four of his five races over fences last season including the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown (1m 7 1/2f) in December when beating North Hill Harvey 11 lengths and the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He was one of last season’s stars and he had a little setback in the spring, but he is absolutely fine again. We might well start him off in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in the middle of November and then go from there.

Video Form
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Talkischeap (IRE)

Form Profile:

141 rated hurdler. Was scoring for the third time last season when scoring by two and a quarter lengths from King Uther in a handicap hurdle at Newbury (3m) in February.

Trainer Says:

He is due to go novice chasing and was a good hurdler last season. He is an Irish point-to-point winner and he is almost ready to run. He doesn’t want the ground too soft but wouldn’t want it firm too. Decent nice good to soft ground and he will pay his way.

Video Form
1 Dec 2017:
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The Glancing Queen

Form Profile:

Winner of her only Irish point-to-point in March.

Trainer Says:

She is a very exciting filly. She won an Irish point-to-point and I have been delighted with her. She will go mares’ novice hurdling as soon as we get a drop of rain.

William H Bonney

Form Profile:

125 rated hurdler. Probably best effort when fifth, beaten six and three quarter lengths, to Elgin in the Grade 3 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f).

Trainer Says:

He is a disappointing horse and very frustrating. He travels very well in a race and doesn’t always seem to see it out. He is working very well and has come down the handicap. Let’s hope we can get his head in front

Video Form
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Yanworth

  • 8-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Norse Dancer - Yota (Galetto)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 15 Mar 2018 15:30
  • Result: 6/15, tracked leaders, not fluent 2 out, every chance on last bend, not pace of leaders flat, no extra towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle and the Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle in 2016/17. Won Grade 2 Dipper Novices' Chase before finishing sixth in Stayers' Hurdle last season.

Trainer Says:

He had a problem after Cheltenham. We’re hoping we might get him back for the second half of the season.

Ziga Boy (FR)

Form Profile:

145 rated chaser. Last seen out when scoring by three and a half lengths, from Looking Well in the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster (3m) in January 2017.

Trainer Says:

He will come back after getting a leg two years ago. He is in pre-training and you probably won’t see him until Christmas time if all is well.

Video Form
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