King George VI Tips – Preview and Odds for the Boxing Day Feature at Kempton

Kempton betting tips

The highlight of the horse racing Christmas calendar falls on Boxing Day and it is, of course, the King George VI Chase from Kempton.

It is a 3m Chase of open class and we have seen some fantastic winners in recent years. From the mighty Kauto Star returning from the doldrums to win the 2011 renewal to fan favourite Cue Card getting back up to just edging out Vautour in 2015, we have rarely been disappointing with the feature on Boxing Day.

Hopefully, 2020 will bring us more drama and a worthy winner.

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King George VI 2020 Betting Odds:

  • Clan Des Obeaux 9/4
  • Cyrname 11/4
  • Santini 6/1
  • Lostintranslation 8/1
  • Real Steel 16/1
  • Waiting Patiently 20/1
  • Saint Calvados 20/1
  • Frodon 28/1
  • Black Op 80/1

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King George VI Chase Kempton Boxing Day

  • Clan Des Obeaux looking for third King George
  • Lostintranslation looks to get back on track
  • Monalee and Kemboy for the Irish
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Will Clan Des Obeaux defend his crown?

Clan Des Obeaux currently shares favouritism as he bids to follow in the footsteps of racing legends Desert Orchid and Kauto Star and win a third King George.

He returned to action in the Betfair Chase, a route he took when winning his first King George in 2018. He finished fourth back in 2018 but he managed to finish two places better when finishing second behind Bristol De Mai last month at Haydock. He looked like he was coming to win the race 2 out, but what looked a combination of fitness and stamina was his downfall as Bristol De Mai pulled clear to win yet another Betfair Chase.

It was a very promising effort from Clan Des Obeaux for his seasonal debut this year because he has shown every year he improves dramatically for his first run of the season. He is a worthy market leader giving his race record and the preparation he has had.

I do have slight concerns that he had a really hard race there at Haydock this year and I just feel he might prove vulnerable in this year’s King George VI Chase.

 

Lostintranslation to bounce back?

Sticking with the Betfair Chase, a horse that was well beaten was the Colin Tizzard trained Lostintranslation. He finished third but was a long way behind the front two and he never looked to be travelling with his usual enthusiasm.

Lostintranslation was well fancied in the 2019 King George VI Chase but similar to Haydock this year, he never seemed to travel how we expect. Obviously, in between the two efforts he ran an almighty race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when finishing third but this shows the inconsistent on the horse and therefore he can’t be a betting proposition for me this year.

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King George VI Betting Tips

That brings me back to the top of the market and my selection for the race, CYRNAME. Cyrname was obviously well fancied for the King George VI Chase last season as he was sent off 5/4 favourite but he just wasn’t right that day, he finished second but was well beaten. I personally believe his win against Altior in November 2019 took an awful lot out of him and he just wasn’t ready for a 3m Grade 1 round Kempton a month later.

He then went to Ascot in February and fell well beaten at the last behind Ridersonthestorm. I think that could have been a blessing in digitise and it gave Cyrname the chance to have a good rest and freshen up ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Paul Nicholls star has since returned to action in October at Wetherby and what was a decent renewal of the Charlie Hall Chase. He was a big drifter on the day and went off 3/1. There were so many doubts about whether he would stay the trip, whether he come jump going left-handed and whether he was the same horse he was when beating Altior.

All those questions were answered in emphatic fashion as he jumped like a stag, travelled like the superior horse and won well beating Vindication by 2l. He only had to be nudged out to win that contest and he looks every inch back to his best.

I don’t even think Cyrname had a hard race there and I think the 2020 preparation for the King George VI Chase has been an awful lot better than his 2019 renewal. He will be nine years of age and he is arguably in the prime of his career.

Harry Cobden has the choice of Cyrname or 2018 and 2019 winner Clan Des Obeaux. He has chosen to ride Cyrname which for me is significant and I think he’ll show us his class on Boxing Day. I have no concerns about his 2019 performance in this race.

Like I said earlier on, I think he was just a tired horse that needed a break. Kempton rides similar to Ascot where Cyrname has an unbelievable record and where he went on to become the highest-rated horse on the planet.

Cyrname beat Altior over 2m 5f last season before finishing a distant second in the 2019 King George at Kempton.

 

2020 King George Chase Tip

King George – 4pt win CYRNAME 11/4.

 

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2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup ante-post Tip

Cheltenham Gold Cup – 1pt ew CYRNAME 16/1.

 

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