Who Are the Leading Contenders for This Year’s King George VI Chase?
The King George VI Chase at Kempton is one of the leading National Hunt races of the season. It takes place on Boxing Day, and it is the feature race of the festive action in the UK.
Run over 3m, it attracts the best-staying chasers in the UK and Ireland. This year’s race looks set to be another strong renewal. Here is a look at the leading contenders.
Irish chaser Allaho is the 6/5 favourite in the Paddy Power horse racing odds for the 2022 King George. The eight-year-old has won his last four races on the track, three of which were at the Grade One level. He ended last season with back-to-back wins in the Ryanair Chase and Punchestown Gold Cup respectively.
Allaho is likely to be one of the leading tips in the horse racing predictions for this year’s Boxing Day highlight. It will be the chaser’s first appearance at Kempton, but given the flat nature of the course, it is expected to suit the Willie Mullins-trained horse.
The Cheltenham Festival winner now has an official rating of 177 and victory in the King George would establish him as one of the best chasers in recent years.
ALLAHO WINS THE PUNCHESTOWN GOLD CUP!
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Bravemansgame was one of last season’s leading novice chasers. He prevailed four times in five starts over fences in the 2021/22 campaign, with his most notable victory coming in the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on the same card at the King George.
Paul Nicholls’ runner made a winning return to action at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall Chase in October. His trainer spoke very highly about him after that win. The Ditcheat man has won the King George a record 12 times, and his latest prospect gives him a great chance of extending his record.
Venetia Williams won the Kempton feature in 1998 with Teeton Mill and she now looks to have a horse good enough horse to challenge for the trophy once again. L’Homme Presse was the winner of the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year.
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Williams sees her French-bred horse as a Gold Cup contender this year. If he steps up on what he produced last season, he should be in the mix for all the leading 3m races in the latest campaign.
Henry De Bromhead’s Envoi Allen put himself in the picture for the King George with a victory in the Grade One Champion Chase at Down Royal on his seasonal reappearance. The eight-year-old beat a strong field that included Galvin, Conflated and Kemboy.
The majority of Envoi Allen’s appearances have come over much shorter distances than the King George’s. However, after getting every yard of the 3m on testing ground at Down Royal, he could now remain at that distance for the rest of the season.
All four of the above horses will be bidding their name to the famous roll of honour at Kempton which includes Arkle, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star.