King George Kempton Preview
DOES IT GET ANY BETTER? What a brilliant renewal of the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase where Paul Nicholls saddles 4 of the 9 runners. He sends out stable stars Clan Des Obeaux and Cyrname as they lock horns again in one of National Hunts most prestigious prizes. I can’t wait! Check out our thoughts on the big races and who we will be siding with on Boxing Day!
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Kempton 3.00 Ladbrokes King George VI Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Class 1 Grade 1, 3m, Good To Soft
This race has given us some great memories over the years. Loyal GYTO followers will remember Silviniaco Conti trotting home in 2014 to bring us home a Lucky 15 full house. We’ve seen some brilliant winners of the race since with the likes of Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Might Bite putting their names in the history books. It looks a cracking renewal this year and it’s interesting Nicholls’ sends four runners as he bids to win it for a 12th time.
It’s refreshing to see two horses from the same stable go at it for one of racings’ most prestigious prizes. Clan Des Obeaux has won it for the last two years and he looks sure to run his race again but things rather played into his hands last year with Lostintranslation making a bad mistake and proving unable to recover and Cyrname running no sort of race, possibly leaving his best form at Ascot when conquering the legend that is Altior. The latter has very much got back on track since putting in a classy display to win the Charlie Hall on return at Wetherby. He proved he stays this trip on that occasion and comes here a much fresher horse. He is still hugely exciting for me and as a result CYRNAME has to be our selection.
It will be interesting to see who leads but the selection is versatile. I don’t expect Cobden to have him far away as he comes here at the top of his game and I think he’ll be trying to fill him with confidence rather than have him too far back. Nicky Henderson has supplemented Santini for the race. The Gold Cup second is certainly not forgotten in here but I do think it’s a big ask and I know he’s notoriously hard to get fit. He will come on plenty from Aintree but needs a lot more to challenge the top two in the betting for me and I’m happy to pass him over. Lostintranslation will be hoping to jump better than he did last year but again I’m not sure this sort of test suits him and he might struggle to race within his comfort zone.