Frodo and Bryony Frost seek another victory in the main race, live on ITV. The Des Obeaux clan has an excellent track record, while Minella Indo is the steed of Rachael Blackmore
Bryony Frost continues his back-to-back wins in the holiday season Â£ 250,000 race aboard Frodo.
The tough artist is one of ten entries for the pursuit of King George VI of Ladbrokes on Boxing Day.
Priced 5-1 with sponsors, Frodo was one of the underdogs in last year’s renewal, but he bravely pushed Waiting Patiently back from the front.
His teammate Clan Des Obeaux, who lines up again on Sunday, finished third in search of a back-to-back hat-trick.
The duo, joined by a third rider trained by Paul Nicholls, Saint Calvados, are part of the opposition to Minella Indo, winner of the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Chantry House, a 9-2 shot, also won the March reunion and arrives in Kempton after beating only one rival on his reappearance.
âIf you think you have a King George horse, you hope to progress to a Gold Cup,â said trainer Nicky Henderson.
“He’s a very laid back horse, which I think is in his favor, and I’m not worried that he’s not fast enough.”
King George Runners and Odds
Here’s how Grovesnor Sport rated * the big race.
5-2 Clan Des Obeaux, 11-4 Minella Indo, 4-1 Frodo, 5-1 Chantry House, Asterion Forlonge, 9-1 Lostintranslation, 16-1 Saint Calvados, 25-1 Tornado Flyer, 33-1 Mister Fisher, 50-1 Dashel Drasher
* Ratings correct at time of posting, subject to change
King George facts and figures
Race distance: three miles
Prize money for winner: Â£ 142,375
Race time: 3.05
Most successful horse: Kauto Star, five wins
Head Coach: Paul Nicholls, 12 wins
Paris: Ten of the last 12 winners were among the top three in the market
Course shape: 11 of the last 12 winners have had at least one previous race on the track
Record: the 12 have had at least one downhill this season
The King George is one of five races broadcast live on the main ITV channel.
Their plan also includes the Wetherby feature, as follows:
1.20 The Ladbrokes Football Novices Limited H’cap Chase at 5
1.55 The Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novice Pursuit (Level 1)
2.30 Ladbrokes Christmas obstacle (level 1)
3.05 The Ladbrokes King George Vi Chase (level 1)
2.10 The William Hill Rowland Meyrick H’cap Pursuit (3rd year)
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The Clan Des Obeaux, partly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, is one of 15 horses to have won the race more than once.
He finished last season on a high, beating two-time Gold Cup winner Al Boom Photo at Punchestown after playing a hat-trick at Aintree for the Man United legend.
Although the Hunter isn’t a fan of Cheltenham, where Minella Indo reigned supreme in the feature film in March.
He has since finished behind Frodo at Down Royal – and has to prove his effectiveness in this type of race away from Prestbury Park.
Willie Mullins’ Irish raider Asterion Forlonge is a player if he can tidy his jumps, while two-time Grade 1 winner Chantry House has the same rating and has untapped potential.
Mirror Racing’s Newsboy will give readers information on the big race, as well as advice for all other Boxing Day cards, well in advance.