Written 23rd December
King George VI Chase Betting at 21.co.uk
The festive season is now in full swing and for horse racing fans that means one thing - the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park. One of the most anticipated chase races of the year, The King George is the benchmark for horses expected to head to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, so it’s always worth paying close attention to the runners and riders.
Here at 21.co.uk, we’ll have all the latest betting odds from Kempton so you’ll never miss a beat if you’re heading to the Sunbury track. As always our punters will be able to check out the top horse racing betting odds from not only Kempton but across the major races in the Festive period. Whether you’re braving the cold or watching from the comfort of your living room head over to our main horse racing betting markets for win, each-way, forecast and accumulator betting.
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King George VI Betting Preview
Some of the biggest chase horses in the UK and perhaps the world are expected to descend on Kempton for The King George VI Chase. Many of the top chances have already been seen by punters this season, but with one runner who could have potentially started the race to as favourite - Altior is expected to bypass the race completely.
But that doesn’t mean that some of the best jumpers won’t be looking to make their mark here and we (insert number) expected to head to post we’ve highlighted some of the biggest chances our punters should be looking for our depending on the conditions. First on the list is Cyrname, trained by Paul Nicholls, the seven-year-old has already picked up a win this season in the Christy Chase at Ascot following a 280 day break where he underwent wind surgery. Given his previous form in the Ascot Chase, it’s expected he’ll go to post as 7/4 favourite and should lay down the gauntlet to ** Lost In Translation**.
There are more interesting contenders further down the betting with Thistlecrack expected to take his chance at Kempton as the 11-year-old goes for the race he won back in 2016 as a novice chaser. Colin Tizzard must have faith in his performance as he was only narrowly beaten by Clan Des Obeaux in 2018 and if he’s a 16/1 chance to go one better this year.
We’re also very tempted to mention Min here who at 28/1 is a massive price for a horse of his calibre. Normally a Champion Chase contender, trainer Willie Mullins may decide to go a different route with him this year. Starting the season with a win in the John Durkan, he’ll be stretched to three miles here so it’ll be the question of whether he has the stamina to get around what can be a testing Kempton track.
|Lost In Translation||7/4|
|Clan Des Obeaux||7/2|
|La Bague Au Roi||33/1|
Jockeys To Watch At Kempton
Nico De Boinville
Establishing himself as the top rider for trainer Nicky Henderson, Nico De Boinville has managed to build up an exceptional strike rate at Kempton of 30% over chase fences and 25.58% over hurdles. It’s expected he’ll take some of the biggest rides on the card across the two day Christmas Festival, so we expect his winning tally to go up here.
If you’re looking for a chase specialist at Kempton, then Sam Twiston-Davies should certainly be top of your list. Operating with a 34.38% strike rate, he’s not one to be sniffed at here, and it’s expected that Paul Nicholls will give him the chance to ride some big chances over the festive period.
Trainers to Watch at Kempton
Following his success on this course over previous seasons and a 30% strike rate to boot, Paul Nicholls is one of the top National Hunt trainers to visit Kempton each season. The winning trainer of the King George last year, it’ll take quite the competitor to knock him off his perch this time around.
There’s always an air of anticipation when Nicky Henderson sends horses to Kempton especially over Christmas, and we expect this year to be no different. Although Altior won’t make an appearance there will still be plenty of chances for him to add to his winning tally on the 26th and 27th of December.
Kempton Course Guide
One of the most popular racecourses in the UK, Kempton has hosted race meetings since 1706. Located right on the border between Surrey and Greater London, it’s ideal location means its accessible for all racegoers to attend some of the premier flat and national hunt races of the season.
Home to The King George VI Chase, the Feltham Chase and the Desert Orchid Chase, it’s run as a right-handed course over the chase fences and hurdles, but due to the fact it’s so flat stamina is a must if the going conditions shift towards soft/heavy. Jockeys often prefer a horse that travels well and will stay in contention after rounding the final bend as there isn’t much of a final straight to mount a further challenge.
Elsewhere in Horse Racing
Not only do we have two days of racing at Kempton over Christmas, there is also top classing National Hunt racing from Chepstow and Leopardstown to take a quick glance at.
First on the agenda is the Welsh National, happening on the 27th December, it can often give us an insight into who will perform well in the Grand National later in the season. Both Steely Addition and Truckers Lodge have strong form heading into this race and at odds of 16/1 and 8/1 respectively, we suspect they’ll both put in a strong performance.
Now back to boxing day as we head across the Irish Sea for some top-class racing from Leopardstown and Limerick. First at Leopardstown is the Christmas Hurdle where Willie Mullins leads the betting with Benie Des Dieux, Barcardys and Penhill, it's a tough one to call here, but Barcardys could have the edge here.
Next on the agenda is Racing Post Novice Steeplechase where Laurina and Samcro are expected to go head to head, both have proven form at the course, so we think it’ll come down to the going on the day.
Our race of choice at Limerick is the Novice Steeplechase, and with Faugheen on the card here, we’re expected him to bounce back with another strong performance after his long lay off. He may face stiff opposition, but the old boy has the class to pull it off here as a (awaiting odds) chance.
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