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King George VI is a grade 1 Steeplechase for horses of 4 years and older at Kempton Racecourse on Boxing day over a distance of 3 miles.

The King George VI is the best top class race at this time of year. Runners often include the best chasers in the country and it's only real rival race is the Cheltenham Gold cup in March.

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This year’s King George looks an interesting race with many of the younger horses taking part.

This is refreshing to see as the last 10 years we have only had 4 winners with the great Kauto Star winning the race 5 times. Long Run winning twice and Kicking King also winning twice.

Long Run is back again this year to take his chance and should run well, although he does seem to be a bit below his best form at the moment. This is a little worry with French horses who seem to mature quickly and lose their younger form early, of course that did not stop Kauto Star winning the race 5 times. Long Run's trainer also has Riverside Theatre running in the race, a 4 times course winner but he has not won at this distance.

Paul Nicholls has two real live chances with Al Ferof in great form and looks the right type for this race and has the stable jockey on board today however his other runner Silviniaco Conti loves the soft ground and with all the rain we have had his chances seem to be improving all the time.

David Pipe sends his smart young chaser Dynaste to take part today. Although 7 years old this horse has only run 6 times over fences and past recent form would suggest that that he has not had enough experience to win today but the Pipe year always does well with young horses and he looks to have a live chance today.

With the smart Captain Chris being withdrawn due to an injury Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs sends MENORAH here today. He was a very good hurdler and is a consistent horse and his price look far too big on what he has achieved so far.

Cue Card from the Colin Tizzard yard has run extremely well this season winning the Betfair chase earlier this season with quite a few of these in behind that day. If he runs up to his form he should go really well today.



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1 43/1-1 Al Ferof 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Daryl Jacob 168
A top class chaser in the making this eight-year-old grey gelding from the Paul Nicholls yard is a very consistent performer. So far under rules he has not won at a distance greater than 2 miles and 5 furlongs, however he did win a point-to-point over 3 miles. If he gets the trip as expected then he could go very close today.
9 wins from 16 starts (4 wins from 7 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.



2 251-72 Champion Court 8 11-10 Martin Keighley Ian Popham 157
A nice consistent chaser who looks a little below this form today. He was fifth in last season's Ryanair Chase and was fourth in this race last year with Cue Card behind in fifth. Ran in the Paddy Power Gold Chase back in November finish in seventh, but improved on that run in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon over a distance just over 2 1/2 miles. He is another who has not won over this distance.
5 wins from 19 starts (3 wins from 14 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to good to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and f5 furlongs.



3 112-31 Cue Card 7 11-10 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard 174
Top class chaser at around 2 1/2 miles or just over this horse was tried in this race last year. He finished fifth of seven finishers and looked to have finished very tired. After a good first run over 2 miles and 2 furlongs this season he was then tried over 3 miles and 1 furlong in the Betfair chase at Haydock Park on 23 November. He won that day easily and was staying on over the extended trip a top class race. That form is good enough to win this today and he is the highest rated horse in the race. He has mot won at this course before however he did win the Ryanair Chase in last season's Festival, has now confirmed that he stays the distance and therefore should run well. The only thing on this horse’s downside at the moment is the fact that there is a virus in his yard. If the stable thought that this horse was affected then they'd certainly would not take a chance on running him, but sometimes it's only the extension that a top class race requis that would show the problem.
10 wins from 19 starts (6 wins from 12 chase starts) or on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



4 1121-2 Dynaste 7 11-10 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 169
A smart seven-year-old grey gelding from the David Pipe yard. A disappointing second in the novice chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season where he was expected to win. A winner of a grade one novice chase at this meeting last year he now moves up to top class races. Has only been seen once this season so far when second to Cue Card in the Betfair chase at Haydock. He was beaten 4 1/2 lengths but did have some good horses in behind. He is relatively inexperienced for this race with only six chase starts. Normally that would be off-putting as this championship race requires a horse to jump well at a fast pace. However the Pipe yard is extremely good at getting young horses to do well in big races, especially these young French horses.
6 wins from 17 starts (4 wins from 6 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



5 132-54 Long Run 8 11-10 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 168
Top class horse this eight-year-old gelding from the Nicky Henderson yard has done this all before. Last year's winner in good style beating Captain Chris by a neck. A Cheltenham Gold cup winner and also a twice winner of this race in 2011 and last year. He is out of the top drawer of chasers. Disappointing on two runs so far this year, when fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase (tailed off), and then only fourth in the Betfair chase last month. The addition of a visor today does not fill one with confidence however horses do sometimes improve from the first time wearing of visors. He has nothing to prove and actually if he runs up to his best form should win this race.
14 wins from 28 starts (9 wins from 20 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 3 furlongs.



6 13P22- Menorah 8 11-10 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 169
A really good hurdler who turned into a good novice chaser. A winner of the Manifesto novice chase at Aintree two seasons ago and winner of the Peterborough Chase on this course last year, but both those races at a distance below this 3 miles. He was tried over 3 miles at Newbury in a grade 2 chase last February running well for a long time before finishing third. He then ran in the grade one Betfair Bowl at the Aintree Festival and ran really well finishing less than one length second in the race. Has not been seen yet this season but could well have improved, and will not have to have improved too much to take part in the finish here. Available currently at a big price he looks a good likely outsider.
10 wins from 25 starts (4 wins from 13 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.



7 4141-U Mount Benbulben 8 11-10 Gordon Elliott Danny Mullins 160
Irish raider was the winner of the grade one novice chase at the Punchestown Festival last season. One run this season, he unseated his rider in a championship grade one chase. Will need to improve on what we've seen so far but does seem to be improving.
7 wins from 18 starts (three wins from 10 chase starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



8 646-1 Riverside Theatre 9 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 163
Winner of the Ryanair Chase in 2012 this horse seemed to lose his form and was fourth in the same race last season. That was typical of his season last year which was the most disappointing of this horse’s career as he is usually very consistent. He ran in the Peterborough Chase at the beginning of this month winning really well and that shows that he comes here in good form. He will have to improve on what we have seen so far to win this race and he loves this course having won here four times previously. Perhaps the main worry is that he has not one over this distance before with his longest winning distance 2 miles and 6 furlongs and therefore he may not get the trip. If he does he will make his large starting price look very silly.
11 wins from 22 starts (7 wins from 14 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 6 furlongs.



9 11F3-3 Silviniaco Conti 7 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 173
This horse seemed to be a model of consistency up to the Cheltenham Festival last season. He fell in the Gold cup, and then was only able to finish third in the grade one at Aintree. One run this season in the Betfair chase where he finished third behind two of his rivals today Cue Card and Dynaste. He is a horse that relishes soft ground and could run really well today. Would not be a surprise winner.
10 wins from 18 starts (5 wins from 11 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.








The_Full_Result


Position Number Form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey
1st 9 11F3-3 Silviniaco Conti 7 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily
2nd 3 112-31 Cue Card 7 11-10 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard
3rd 1 43/1-1 Al Ferof 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Daryl Jacob
4th 7 4141-U Mount Benbulben 8 11-10 Gordon Elliott Danny Mullins
5th 4 1121-2 Dynaste 7 11-10 David Pipe Tom Scudamore
P/U 6 13P22- Menorah 8 11-10 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
U/R 2 251-72 Champion Court 8 11-10 Martin Keighley Ian Popham
U/R 5 132-54 Long Run 8 11-10 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen
U/R 8 646-1 Riverside Theatre 9 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty












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