L'Homme Presse Set For King George VI Chase

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

L'Homme Presse

The Venetia Williams trained superstar L'Homme Presse looks set to run on Boxing Day at Kempton Park in the Grade One King George VI Chase.

Having had a superb Novice Chase campaign last term when scooping the Grade One Brown Advisory Novices' Chase, this season he made his seasonal debut at Newcastle off top weight in the Grade Three Handicap Betfair Exchange Rehearsal Handicap and giving a serious amount of weight away to the field, still went on to win fairly easily.

There was talk after that event and since about whether this horse will go to the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day or the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham later on in the season next time out, before heading to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and it now looks as though connections have decided to give him a spin round the Surrey based track.

Part owner Andy Edwards said: “Our intention is to go to the King George, assuming the ground is suitable for him.

“Kempton is not the ideal track for L’Homme Presse because it is so flat and so sharp.

“After Newcastle, he really needs to run now, and is ready to go. He is moving very nicely and we are very hopeful we can go."

Edwards added:“With my horse, I have never feared any other horse. “The difficultly, as with all horses, is trying to find the best conditions for your horse so they can be the best they can be.“

At Kempton, with its sharp corners, and very flat track, where the ground is never very deep, that does not play to his strengths.”