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King George VI Chase: Odds, Tips, News



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The Group 1 Steeplechase at Kempton will get underway on Boxing Day in what is one of the biggest races in the calendar year. The race getting underway at 15:05 GMT.

Only six runners will contest in this years chase all aiming to take the top spot and win this prestigious race which dates back to 1937, the winner receiving roughly £140,000 from the £250,000 prize pool.

With only six runners it is definitely a quality over quantity situation with six top rated horses competing.


King George VI Chase Field: Runner by runner guide

1. Aso      

Trainer: Venetia Williams. Official Rating: 166. Best odds: 50-1.

Jockey: Charlie Deutsch

Yet to win a Group 1 chase. Placed second behind Frodon by just over 1 length in Group 1 Ryan Air Chase at Cheltenham back in March. Looking a non-stayer at last 3m outing. Coming up against a very strong field with much higher credentials.


2. Clan Des Obeaux

Trainer: Paul Nicholls. Official Rating: 169. Current Odds: 9-2/4-1

Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

Last year’s winner of the King George Chase beating Thistlecrack by over a length. Placed 2nd in last outing in Group 1 Northern Ireland Champion’s Chase at Down Royal on 2nd November. Can run well on any ground.

Although has only won one of his six group 1 assignments. A stronger challenge this year in order to retain title and has lost jockey Cobden to favourite Cyrname.



3. Cyrname

Trainer: Paul Nicholls. Official Rating: 177. Current Odds: 6-4/11-8

Jockey: Harry Cobden

The current joint highest rated chaser in training (along with Kemboy,) currently at the peak of his power. The last outing saw him end Altior’s unbeaten run of 19 races over jumps at Ascot back on the 23rd November.

Jockey Harry Cobden has chosen to ride Cyrname over last year’s winner Clan Des Obeaux.

Only doubts being he has yet to race at 3 miles, his furthest outing coming at 2m5f. Also needs to prove he can be his best away from Ascot, which is where all his best performances have come.



4. Footpad

Trainer: Willie Mullins. Official Rating: 165. Current Odds: 10-1.

Jockey: Barry Geraghty

Won last outing with ease when beating Mala Beach by 10L at Thurles. A winning hurdler and top class chaser, had four successive Group 1 wins including the Arkle back in 2018; although hasn’t been racing with top consistently since.

3 miles isn’t preferred distance. Field likely to be too strong.


5. Lostintranslation

Trainer: Colin Tizzard. Official Rating: 173. Current Odds: 15-8/7-4

Jockey: Robbie Power

Won last three outings, two of them coming in a Group 1 race as well as being 3m1f. Proven at distance. Has taken form to another level when beating course specialist Bristol De Mai at Betfair Chase in Haydock last outing.

Jockey Robbie Power has been on the saddle 9 of 10 previous outings, so will know how to get best run possible. Very likely to be right in the picture as proven in form and distance.



6. Thistlecrack

Trainer: Colin Tizzard. Official Rating: 162. Current Odds: 16-1/18-1.

Jockey: Tom Scudamore

Previous winner of this race back in 2016 when favourite, beating Cue Card by over 3 lengths. Also placing second in last year’s Chase behind Clan Des Obeaux. Scudamore has been on the saddle for the previous 18 meetings, knows how to get best run. Hasn’t found same form since suburb 2016 season, with last winning coming in King George Chase.

Last time out placed 2nd in Group 2 race at Cheltenham, finishing 1 length behind Paisley Park. Is a stayer at 3m and is experienced in King George Chase however company likely to be too strong this time around.


Sporting Ferret Verdict

Cyrname to win with lostintranslation coming close behind in second. 



Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Reading. An avid footballer, he spent time under the FAW academy programme as well as Cardiff Corinthians. Later going on to play for his university and Wellington United whilst residing in New Zealand. He currently resides in Frome, Somerset. You can contact him at