King George VI Chase Ante Post Guide

Altior 11/4

ALTIOR as many will know holds the record for the most consecutive amount of wins at 19 races over hurdles and fences and he has never been beaten by even one rival which makes him the stand alone favourite for the King George.

Henderson's stable star has ran over 2 miles and slightly further in his career staying very consistent and not being able to be passed by anyone.

However, this season it looks as if he will be tackling a new demographic and stepping up in trip to battle it out over 3 miles and maybe further.

He is one the sports greatest athletes to ever live but if he was to ever go and win the King George and then onto Potentially the Gold Cup he would be immortal in the eyes of jumps racing fans.

It looks like he will head to Ascot in the Christy 1965 Chase and if handling that well enough will bid for the King George which could be one of the most exciting spectacles of the season.

Currently he leads the market at 11/4 but this could all change depending on his seasonal debut and how he handles the huge step up in trip.

Clan Des Obeaux 11/2

CLAN DES OBEAUX truly showed his talent last year under Paul Nicholls and was very prominent in the betting for this event again after taking last years renewal.

Last season the seven year old came on the scene when landing the King Gorge VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and it was a huge break through win for the gelding.

He backed that up at Ascot in the Denman Chase in what looked a perfect prep race for the Gold Cup but when he headed to Cheltenham where he could only manage fifth.

He looked in contention all the way round the track but when it came to getting up the hill he couldn't and he faded near the finish.

He rounded off his season at Aintree with a good second to Kemboy but he was outclassed but his jockey Harry Cobden has said he is bigger and stronger than he was last season which reads well.

Cyrname 11/2

CYRNAME last season was the highest rated jumps horse in Britain and Ireland and like Altior could step up in trip this season.

He is currently 11/2 but that price will be long gone if Paul Nicholls maps him out to head to the King George this season and he performs well in his prep runs.

CYRNAME bounced onto the jumps racing scene last year in great style when going on to win the bet365 Handicap Chase at Ascot.

From there he jumped up massively in Class and took the Ascot Chase in fine style, drawing clear by about seven lengths being eased down.

He did not race again all season with him not getting the ground he wanted but he could be set for a huge season and currently at this price could be a nice bet.

Kemboy 8/1

KEMBOY last season was superb starting his season off at Clonmel in the Grade Two Oil Chase and easing to victory to suggest that this season he looks a far more mature horse.

He showed this again when stepping up to three miles in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown and was brilliant landing the Grade One, beating what looked like would be his rivals in the Gold Cup.

The only mishap he made all season was in the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he was highly touted to go well for Willie Mullins but at the first fence unseated his rider David Mullins making for a huge anti-climax.

He finished the season off smartly though, having not really getting a run out at Cheltenham he went to Aintree fit as a fiddle and romped to victory in the Betway Bowl to land his second Grade One of the season.

The Punchestown Gold Cup was his final race of the season and what a race it turned out to be with both of the Mullins runners battling it out to the finish and Kemboy seeing off his stablemate Al Boum Photo to take the race.

The seven year old is on the up and up and if getting back into the swing of things from the off is hard to overlook next season in the big Grade One races.

Lostintranslation 10/1

LOSTINTRANSLATION was ran frequently last season and was muddled about with what distance he is best at and it took until the final race of the season for Tizzard to finally see the light.

The seven year old raced six times throughout the season, putting in some stellar performances at 2 mile 3f to 2 mile 6f with a superb second behind Defi Du Seuil at Cheltenham in the JLT Novices Chase and also a good win in the Dipper Novices Chase earlier in the season at the same track.

However, his final contest of the season was at Aintree on his first step up to 3 miles 1 furlong in the Grade One Novices Chase and this was the race that put him in the 2020 Gold Cup frame.

He lead all the way and when normally he was being outpaced he revelled in the extra trip and put the field to shame including RSA Chase winner Topofthegame.

He showed that the step up in trip bought the best out of him and it would be surprising for him not to go down the route of the King George and then head to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup.

Al Boum Photo 14/1

AL BOUM PHOTO was very lightly raced last season and if being honest was not one of the front runners on punters minds to go and win the Gold Cup last season.

But for Willie Mullins and connections of the gelding they knew a big run was coming and he managed to break Mullins's curse in the big race.

He only ran three times last season starting off at Tramore in a Listed Chase where he saw off two of his stablemates and some other decent horses and it was a nice way to ease him back.

He went straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup from there and it paid off with him being extremely fresh and being able to stay the trip up the hill better than the rest of the field.

He finished his season in a gruelling battle against stablemate Kemboy, in who we have already mentioned, but it was a superb contest that sets things up nicely for next season, possibly in this race.

La Bague Au Roi 16/1

One of the leading novice chasers last season was this eight year old mare who last season landed her first four starts over fences before finishing her career in a tough Grade One at Aintree finishing second.

She got off the mark in a beginners chase at Newbury and then just weeks later followed that up in superb style at the same track over course and distance in a Grade Two.

Boxing Day was calling and at odds 8/1 she went on to surprise many by landing the Grade One Kauto Star Novices Chase seeing off some superb competition in Topofthegame and Santini.

Strangely Warren Greatrex took her over to Ireland at Leopardstown and entered her in the Grade One Flogas Novices Chase which again she prevailed nicely and looked a serious chaser to be respected.

She finished her season off at Aintree in the Manifesto Novices Chase where she was outshined by Kalashnikov but still ran nicely and will be stronger this year.

The King George might be a big ask but she goes well early on in the season and that could play to her strength massively.

Frodon 16/1

FRODON will start his season off in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree which he landed last season in his usual front running style that really got his rider Bryony Frost dreaming of some big runs in big contests for the season.

He then went on to race at Cheltenham four times in a row winning three of his events and finishing second in the other.

After his seasonal debut at Aintree Frodon finished a decent second in the BetVictor Gold Cup behind Baron Alco, Next time out in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Prestbury Park he went one better to land the Grade Three contest in superb style.

With dreams of heading to the festival he needed one more prep run and that came in the Grade Two Cotswalds Chase where he beat some top class Grade One horses and from there it was a decision of which black type race Frodon would be entered in.

The Grade One Ryanair Chase was the preferred option over the shorter trip of two and a half miles and in a fairytale story for jockey Bryony Frost the little seven year old crossed the line first and saw history made at the Cheltenham festival with Frost being the first female rider to win a Grade One over fences at the festival.

This season if coming out of his run at Aintree on Sunday in good order will look to head to the King George at a shorter price than the current 16/1 he is now.