In one of the highlights of the jumps season, Kempton hosts the renewal of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Previous winners include the likes of Kauto Star and Desert Orchid, further underlining that this race is one for the biggest names in National Hunt racing.
Heading this year’s field is the impressive Cyrname (6/4 with Marathonbet).
Paul Nicholls’ horse took down the almighty Altior in late November and is priced up in the King George VI horse racing betting with that in mind.
He jumped fluidly and consistently that day, and importantly has the experience around Kempton that some of his rivals are lacking. It’s worth acknowledging too, that Nicholls has trained the winner of this race nine times since 1997, more than any other trainer in that time.
The omens look good for Cyrname therefore, especially given he’s managed to beat some of the brightest names in jump racing in recent years. He’s also got one of the best jockeys in the business on his back in Harry Cobden. Cobden won the Chase for the first time last year aboard Clan des Obeaux and is nailed on to get the ride on the heavy favourite.
Standing in the way of Cobden repeating last year’s heroics is a strong field that have every chance of upsetting the odds. Leading the rest of the contenders is Lostintranslation (13/8). Collin Tizzard’s horse is on a three-race win streak, having beaten Bristol De Mai last time out at Haydock. Whilst he has all the credentials you’d want in a King George winner plus Robbie Power onboard, he might not have the class to beat Cyrname.
Last year’s winner Clan Des Obeaux (4/1) returns to Kempton looking to make it two King Georges on the bounce after beating Thistlecrack (18/1) by a length and a half last year. Whilst he was disappointing last season at the Festival when stepping up to three miles and two furlongs, he’s had a respectable start to this season and finished second to Road to Respect in the Champion Chase at Down Royal. With a 50% strike rate at Kempton, Clan Des Obeaux is one to be respected.
*Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change. Final runners to be confirmed.