Strong entry for King George VI Chase

In-form trainer Nicky Henderson looks to be the one to follow at Kempton’s Boxing Day meeting, where the feature race is the prestigious King George VI Chase.

Last year’s winner of that race, Might Bite, trained by Henderson was an impressive winner and is also in this year’s field of 11 runners for  the big race, currently at 3-1.

Trainer Nicky Henderson Photo: John Simpson

He heads the field as the current favourite with the sponsors despite a disappointing return at Haydock last month where he finished at the back of the field but connections hope he can put that run behind him.

Another strong contender is Bristol De Mau, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, which won the Betfair Chase by four lengths. His trainer is hoping to win this Grade One contest for the first time.

Paul Nicholls, who has won this race nine times, cannot be discounted and his Grade Two winner, Politologue wull by running over three miles for the first time in this race. His other runner is a six-year-old- Clan Des Obeaux.

Colin Tizzard’s runners have been in good form recently and Native River, which won the Gold Cup is one of his two runners.

His other runner Thistlecrackthe 2016 32Red King George VI winner, will return to Kempton after a promising seasonal reappearance at Haydock where he finished third, just five and three-quarter lengths behind winner Bristol De Mai and stablemate Native River.

Trainer Colin Tizzard
Photo: John Simpson

The only Irish entry for this year’s race is  the Gordon Elliot trained Shattered Love, a mare which won the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March and was last seen finishing runner up to Min at Punchestown earlier this month..

2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree holds his place in the race following an encouraging reappearance at Cheltenham last month finishing third.

This year’s King George VI Chase at Kempton is a very strong one and a case can be made for every horse in the race.

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