The King George VI Chase on Boxing Day threw up one of the spectacles of the week at Kempton and gave us a huge shock when Harry Cobden on board the gallant Clan Des Obeaux got up in the final furlong to land Paul Nicholls his 10th King George.
The winner was superb and definitely now one to note for the big Gold Cup at Cheltenham but there are other horses that also performed well and are ones to keep an eye for the big one at the festival.
The two Tizzard geldings are the main two to take away from this race with the hearty Thistlecrack putting in a superb performance to get back to near his best and lay a clear challenge down heading towards the festival.
But Native River did superbly on ground that does not suit him and a track that has never played to his strengths to get up from seventh to finish on strongly towards the line and grab third. This run showed how gutsy he was when nearly everything possible went against him and for us from the horses that have ran so far this season makes him favourite to retain his title at Prestbury Park.
(Credit ITV Racing)