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King George VI 2018 Tips

There’s a fantastic card at Kempton this afternoon featuring one of the best renewals of the King George in recent seasons.

King George VI Chase     

The line-up includes a couple of previous winners, a pair of Gold Cup winners and the best up and coming staying chasers around, so it is hard to envisage the big race in March being any more competitive.

What makes the race even more interesting is that fact that there are doubts over many of the old guard – Might Bite ran very poorly at Haydock last time and may not have recovered from some hard races last season, Native River may not be suited by the track and trip on this ground, and Bristol De Mai has yet to produce his best form away from Haydock.

In many ways the race revolves around Bristol De Mai because a recreation of his latest effort in the Betfair Chase (or that race last year) would see him take the prize – but can he be given another chance to show that same level of form away from the Merseyside circuit?

The Betfair Chase is the key piece of form and the one who went into our notebook that day was THISTLECRACK, who really looked to be on his way back to peak form when a fine third in that race. His jumping was a bit sloppy at times, but he travelled like a machine for much of the contest and the obstacles here are more forgiving. The form he showed when winning this race is definitely better than that achieved by Might Bite last season.

Young chasers Politologue and Waiting Patiently are respected, but we are not sure that they are much better than CLAN DES OBEAUX, and yet the Paul Nicholls second string is a much bigger price. He makes plenty of each way appeal, therefore, as he wasn’t beaten far in the Betfair and should come on for that run and be better suited by this track.

We wouldn’t rule out our old favourite, CONEYGREE, either as he ran well on his comeback. If the ground had been a bit softer he could have been fancied to make the frame at least, but could be worth an each-way interest nonetheless.

Thistlecrack (ew)3.05 Kempton9/1Betfair
Clan Des Obeaux (ew)3.05 Kempton18/1Bet365
Coneygree (ew)3.05 Kempton22/1Bet365

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32Red Chase     

The televised action kicks off with a handicap chase that has been farmed by Nicky Henderson in recent seasons. His Lough Derg Spirit looks the one to beat this year, but he has been backed accordingly and his price has gone.

A better each way option is the unexposed DELL ORO, for a yard who does well in this sort of contest too. This horse ran well on his chasing / seasonal debut and looks to have been laid out for this since then.

For those looking to get the day started with a real bang, take a chance on STORM HOME as well. This horse has flopped on his three starts over fences so far,  but is very well treated as a result. This is a drop in class and the first time tongue tie might help him find the form that saw him take two competitive novice hurdles last year.

The other Henderson runner, Turtle Wars, was also on the shortlist.

Dell Oro (ew)1.20 Kempton9/1Bet365
Storm Home (ew)1.20 Kempton25/1Bet365

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Kauto Star Novices’ Chase    

The first of three Grade 1s is the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase and, like the King George, this looks a vintage renewal.

Santini is the horse that everyone is talking about, but on the form book he doesn’t deserve to be as far ahead of his rivals in the market as he is and it would be no surprise if he were to find at least one too good for him today.

The Worlds End could be the one as he really impressed us at Cheltenham last time, whilst La Bague Au Roi gets a very handy mares’ allowance, but in the end we have gone for TOPOFTHEGAME, who always looked a top class chaser in the making when running up a sequence of decent efforts in hurdles last season.

He lost all chance at the start in his comeback, but rallied real well to claim second that day and the longer trip here is made for him.

He might also be worth backing in a forecast with La Bague Au Roi too, in the hope that we can get the favourite beaten.

Topofthegame (ew)1.55 Kempton9/2Bet365

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Unibet Christmas Hurdle     

If he is, compensation will probably be just around the corner for Nicky Henderson as Buveur D’Air looks almost unbeatable in the Christmas Hurdle. However, for those looking for a shock then we think GLOBAL CITIZEN is most likely to provide it. He will love the track, trip and ground.

Global Citizen (ew)2,30 Kempton16/1Bet365

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Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase     

Up at Wetherby the Rowland Meyrick Chase is the feature – and if you fancy a bet in a race that is also on ITV then take a chance on ALLYSSON MONTERG, who will surely prove to be better than he showed in the Ladbroke Trophy recently.

Allysson Monterg (ew)2,10 Wetherby11/2Bet365

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