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.
For 4yo+ Weights 4yo 11st 3lb; 5yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances fillies & mares 7lb Entries 30 pay £ 250
The first of the Tizzard runners Cue Card is trying to emulate last year's win where he stayed on really gamely to beat the very smart Irish contender Vautour who went on to win the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Cue Card had a terrific season last year winning three good races on the bounce before coming here and completing his nap hand of wins. He is a top-class chaser and a horse who is now really coming into form after his fine 15 length win at Haydock in the Betfair Chase. Comes your inform, likes the track and is a previous winner and therefore ticks many boxes and surely will put up a tremendous fight win or lose.
The second of the Tizzard runners is the very smart, unbeaten over fences, Thistlecrack. This horse always well thought of took a little while to get is act together. The turning point was probably at the Aintree Festival in 2015 where he took the Sefton novices hurdle, a grade 1 x 13 lengths over the very smart Henderson horse, Vyta Du Roc. After that run, he went to the island and run a really good second in the Punchestown Festival novice hurdle. The following season he went from strength to strength winning five graded events including the Ryanair hurdle (long-distance hurdle) at the Cheltenham Festival and the Liverpool Stayers hurdle at the Aintree Festival. His connections decided to send him chasing this season and in three runs so far he is unbeaten. This means years on an unbeaten run of eight races. He looks every bit the chaser in his races and in his first novice chase at Chepstow he looked very smart indeed making every inch of the 2 miles 7 furlong Chase. It was not quite so impressive at Cheltenham in his next race because he did make a blunder at one of the fences, he never looked like falling, but nevertheless, it was a mistake. He soon put that behind him and really effortlessly caught the rest of the field went ahead and one as he liked. He then ran in the grade 2 Bet365 novice Chase at Newbury. He was absolutely effortless in his race and won by a good margin very easily. Looks completely top-class. And is likely to start favourite today. Winning this race or even running really well in this race will set is connections sites on the Gold cup at the Cheltenham Festival come March.
Josses Hill is a fine eight-year-old bay gelding trained by Nicky Henderson. He is a young horse building up into a really good chaser. He was only eighth in last year's Ryanair at the end of last season but this year he comes to the race to from to. Both of those races were in small fields and he was able to dictate the pace as he loves to front run. They are sure to make the pace with him today and set him off in front. Whether that tactic has an effect on Thistlecrack it is hard to say but although he is a good horse realistically you would expect something to have to go wrong with the horses at the head of the market for him to win here.
Tea for Two is a young seven-year-old bay gelding trained by Nick Williams, a promising chaser who may have a lot on his plate today. He was second behind Josses Hill earlier in the month at Huntington and looks to have plenty on his plate, and no reason why he should necessarily reverse that form today. In his favour, he does like Kempton and will run his race.
Silviniaco Conti is a top-class staying chaser and twice previous winner of this race. He took this race in extremely fine style back in 2013 where he had Cue Card beaten into second place by 3 1/2 lengths. One year later he was perhaps even better where he battled well that day after making a mistake and had Cue Card back in fifth position.
Recently, however, he just hasn't seemed to be the same horse. Whilst running well we have not summerhouse seen the same magic, he was pulled up in this race last year when he just sort of weakened in the race. The next race was in February where suddenly he looked impressive again beating a good field over 2 miles and 5 furlongs at ascot by over 20 lengths. He was then tried in the Grand National but was pulled up before the 14th fence. He has had to run so far this season he came a distant second and agreed one Chase at down Royal where he had the very smart Valseur Lido in front and then run a sort of muddling race behind Cue Card in the Betfair Chase. Assessing his chances in this race is perhaps a little difficult however he is a top-class horse and this shouldn't be forgotten. Although he was always below par in the Cheltenham Festival in races like this you always seemed to show his best. He loves this course and this race and although there are only five runners it seems a very insulting for him to be the outsider of the five.
|1||F1-431||Cue Card||10||11-10||Colin Tizzard||Paddy Brennan||176|
|2||F18-11||Josses Hill||8||11-10||Nicky Henderson||Daryl Jacob||158|
|3||P1P-24||Silviniaco Conti||10||11-10||Paul Nicholls||Noel Fehily||163|
|4||113-52||Tea For Two||7||11-10||Nick Williams||Lizzie Kelly||153|
|5||11-111||Thistlecrack||8||11-10||Colin Tizzard||Tom Scudamore||—|
|1||11-111||Thistlecrack||8||11-10||Colin Tizzard||Tom Scudamore|
|2||F1-431||Cue Card||10||11-10||Colin Tizzard||Paddy Brennan|
|3||P1P-24||Silviniaco Conti||10||11-10||Paul Nicholls||Noel Fehily|
|4||113-52||Tea For Two||7||11-10||Nick Williams||Lizzie Kelly|
|5||F18-11||Josses Hill||8||11-10||Nicky Henderson||Daryl Jacob|