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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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The_2014_Race

A fascinating renewal of the race this year.

Last year’s winner Sylviniaco Conti returns today having seemingly shrugged off a poor start to the season with a fine win in the Betfair Chase and a run of that quality would be hard to overturn today. The yard also runs Al Ferof who looks to be in good form this season winning his debut.

Highly thought of Champagne Fever from the Willie Mullins yard is the Irish challenger. Looks the right sort of horse but who in past seasons has not delivered at this time of year in Ireland.

Phillip Hobbs whose string has been in fine form runs Menorah a horse who has seen a return to his top form this season and who if the ground turns up good will have a great chance. He also runs Wishful Thinking a good horse who is at a big price. His regular jockey did exclaim that he thought his quoted betting market price was too high for this well exposed horse and he has top jockey Barry Geraghty on board as well.

Neither Cue Card and Dynaste are slouches in this type of race and come here hoping to show good improvement.





List_of_runners


NUMBER FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY RATING


1 1325-1 Al Ferof 9 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 168

A 9-year-old grey gelding from the Paul Nicholls yard. A really good horse who had to take almost 12 months off due to injury from November 2012 to November 2013. Before his injury he was very consistent and looked really good on his first run back although only a two horse race he did win easily. His next race was in the King George VI Chase where he ran a creditable third behind Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card. He continued on to the Cheltenham Gold cup where he was perhaps a little disappointing 4th.
A good horse with plenty of ability.

*Going preference *wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles 3 1/2 furlongs: Chase 2 miles and 4 furlongs.
*Previous win/run (to the end of last season). *Hurdle 3/5: Chase 5/11.


One race so far this season when he won the Amblin Chase at Ascot by seven lengths to the Smart Somersby and a further two lengths back was Wishful Thinking.

2 132-61 Champagne Fever 7 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 158

A seven-year-old grey gelding trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland.
A nice progressive horse and winner Of the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival of 2013.
Did well in his first season as a novice chaser and was second in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at the 2014 Festival.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 2 furlongs: Chase 2 miles and 4 furlongs
*Previous win/run (to the end of last season). *Hurdle 3/6: Chase 1/4.


This is a consistent horse who has only been out of the first three once in his 15 running so far. Taking on some more seasoned opposition today he will give his connections some good insight into where he will be running and at what level in the future and sure to run well today.

3 312-44 Cue Card 8 11-10 Colin Tizzard Daryl Jacob 171

An eight-year-old bay gelding trained by Colin Tizzard. A good hurdler who was fourth in the 2011 supreme novices hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and a horse that took to chasing easily.
A three times Grade 1 winner taking in the Betfair Ascot Chase in February 2013 the Ryanair Chase at the 2013 Festival and winner of this race last year. A really good chaser at around 2 1/2 miles clearly being a past winner he does get this trip. He went on from this race last year to be a good second behind a very smart Silviniaco Conti in the King George at Kempton's Christmas meeting. He did not race for the rest of that season.


*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 4 furlongs: Chase 3 miles and 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run (to the end of last season) *Hurdle 2/5: Chase 6/13.


Only two runs this season and both below par finishing fourth in the hold on Gold cup and then fourth game in the best fair Chase. A return to form could see him running close to his second of last year and may be fancied to go one better.



4 35-B3U Double Ross 8 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch 159

An Eight-year-old Chestnut Gelding from the Nigel Twiston-Davies training yard. This horse has been showing good form which came to fruition in the 2013/2014 season when in early to mid-season he seemed the model of consistency. He is dual Grade 3 winner and is probably still on the upgrade.


* Going preference* Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
* Maximum winning distance* Hurdle 2 miles and 5 furlongs: Chase 2 miles and 5 furlongs.
* Previous win/run (to the end of last season)* Hurdle 2/16: Chase 3/11.


Very much below par this season with three runs and being brought down and unseated his rider on two of them and also coming third in the Charlie Hall Chase.
Doesn't look to have an awful lot of chance in this race today.



5 2512-3 Dynaste 8 11-10 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 166

An eight-year-old grey gelding trained by David Pipe. A really classy improving chaser he was the winner of the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
He is a previous winner of the Feltham novices Chase Grade 1 at the Kempton Christmas meeting. He is also a previous winner of the Mildmay novices Chase at Aintree.
He is usually consistent but very occasionally he can put in a poor performance when this happens he seems to sulk and gets tailed off.

#Going preference. #Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
#Maximum winning distance. #Hurdle 3 miles: Chase 3 miles and 1 furlong.
#Previous win/run (to the end of last season). #Hurdle 2/11: Chase 5/9.


Only one run this season when third behind Silviniaco Conti and Menorah in the Betfair Chase. He is another who on his best form would have a chance today but was only fifth last season.


6 540-12 Johns Spirit 7 11-10 Jonjo OŽNeill Richie McLernon 160

A seven-year-old bay gelding trained by Johnjo O'Neill.
A winner of the 2013 Paddy Power Gold cup Chase at the Cheltenham November meeting shows that this horse has run well up to a grade 3 Chase. He likes Cheltenham and often runs well there. A good steady progressive horse.


*Ground preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 1 furlongs: Chase 2 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run (to end of last season). *Hurdle to/7: Chase 3/13.


Probably takes his chance you are today on the back of two good runs the first handicap Chase win at the Cheltenham and then a fine second in the Paddy Power Gold cup Chase, the latter a much improved performance. We'll need to improve a fair bit again to win this race.




7 051-12 Menorah 9 11-10 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 169

A bay gelding from the Philip Hobbs yard. A Grade 1 winner over both hurdles and chases. A smart hurdler who turned into a good chaser. Well exposed he is often found running in the good races of the season. A previous winner of the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices Chase at Aintree.
Did seem best at around the 2 1/2 mile distance and when tried at distances approaching 3 miles he ran well at Aintree in the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl Chase Where He Ran Second to the Very Smart First Lieutenant and has since won the Charlie Hall Chase over 3miles and 1 furlong.


* Ground Preference* Wins Have Come on Ground Ranging from Good through to Heavy.
* Maximum winning distance* Hurdle 2 Miles 1 Furlong: Chase 2 Miles and 6 Furlongs.
* Previous Win/Run (to end of last season)* Hurdle 5/11: Chase 5/17.


A real return to form this season with two first-class runs which started with a win in the Charlie Hall Chase. Found Sylviniaco Conti too good in the Betfair Chase at Haydock three weeks later but on ground that was softer than he likes. Good ground will certainly help his chances and should go well as long as the ground doesn't turn officially soft.



8 141-51 Silviniaco Conti 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 174

A top class chestnut gelding running out of the Paul Nicholls yard.
This horse was a very good hurdler who took really well to chasing winning the Grade 2 Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree in 2012 beating the very smart Champion Court. He is a previous winner of the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase, the Grade 1 Betfair chase and very impressively the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Park. He has run twice in the Cheltenham Gold cup and looked an unlucky faller in 2013 but was actually beaten fair and square in the 2014 renewal. This horse is young and still improving and is one of the top chasers in the country today.


* Ground preference* Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
* Maximum winning distance* Hurdle 2 miles 4 furlongs: Chase 3 miles and 1 furlong.
* Previous win/run (to end of last season)* Hurdle 5/7: Chase 7/14.


A poor start to the season when fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase on good ground however he bounced back to form in the Betfair Chase on softer ground. Soft ground will help but he is the class act in the race and sure to run well again today. A worthy favorite.



9 58-131 Wishfull Thinking 11 11-10 Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty 167

An 11 year old chestnut gelding trained by Phillip Hobbs.
A good consistent horse if not pehaps top class.
He runs well in good chases and has been running around the 2 œ mile distance, however he looks as if he should get further.
A well exposed Grade 2 chase winner.

*Ground preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to very soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 4 furlongs: Chase 2 miles and 5 1/2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run (to end of last season). *Hurdle 2/8: Chase 3/6.


Has been in really good form this season at and consistent with it. He won the old Roland Chase and the Peterborough Chase with a third place sandwiched in between. That form may not be quite high enough to win this race but he could be even better than that suggests. The best of the outsiders and will have top jockey Barry Geraghty in the saddle.

10 53-123 Wonderful Charm 6 11-10 Paul Nicholls Nick Scholfield 159

A nice young six-year-old bay gelding who has been progress in really well since joining Paul Nicholls from France.
A winner of the great to Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow on his first run and was then tried in the World Hurdle at the Festival (finished eighth). He was then sent chasing and has progressed steadily.


*Ground preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to very soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Hurdle 2 miles and 4 furlongs: Chase 2 miles and 5 1/2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run (to end of last season). *Hurdle 2/8: Chase 3/6.


Has run reasonably well in his three runs this season but does not look up to this class yet.











The_Full_Result


POSITION FORM HORSE AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 141-51 Silviniaco Conti 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily
2 2512-3 Dynaste 8 11-10 David Pipe Tom Scudamore
3 1325-1 Al Ferof 9 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
4 132-61 Champagne Fever 7 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh
5 312-44 Cue Card 8 11-10 Colin Tizzard Daryl Jacob
6 540-12 Johns Spirit 7 11-10 Jonjo OŽNeill Richie McLernon
7 53-123 Wonderful Charm 6 11-10 Paul Nicholls Nick Scholfield
8 051-12 Menorah 9 11-10 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien
PU 58-131 Wishfull Thinking 11 11-10 Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty
REF 35-B3U Double Ross 8 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch












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