King George VI Chase

Kauto Star wins the King George VI ChaseThe King George VI Chase is one of the most important Grade 1 chases on the national hunt calendar. The race is run annually on Boxing Day at Kempton Park racecourse and tends to draw a field comprising the finest long distance Grade 1 chasers in the UK and Ireland.

The King George VI Chase is a Grade 1 national hunt steeplechase. Entries race over a distance of 3 miles and are confronted with 18 fences during the course of the chase. Entry is open to national hunt racehorses aged 4 and older.

The King George VI Chase was first run in 1937, and was organised to celebrate the crowning of King George VI as the new monarch of Britain. The race was not run between 1939 and 1946, when Kempton Park racecourse was used as an internment facility for prisoners of war.

King George VI Chase Betting

The King George VI draws top quality fields, and will typically feature the contenders for the Cheltenham Gold Cup if these are fit and available to race. As such the race will tend to focus on a couple of favourites, who are usually the outstanding horses over long distance Grade 1 chases over the last couple of seasons. It is not unusual for the favourite to be backed down to Evens or below, and it is also not unusual for the favourite to fail to live up to his billing.

While the favourite for this race usually deserves his price, you need to assess this event on a race-by-race basis. Does your selection suit the turf conditions, is he in form coming into the race, or is he just trading off strong form from the end of the previous season? You’ll usually be safe enough backing a horse in the top three, but you’ll need to do your homework, and have a bit of luck, to pick the King George VI Chase winner.

King George VI Chase Odds

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Silviniaco Conti
Champagne Fever
Al Ferof
Cue Card
Johns Spirit
Wishfull Thinking
Wonderful Charm
Double Ross

King George VI Chase Winners

Some of the greatest racehorses in the history of national hunt racing have won the King George VI Chase. Included amongst the race’s most famous winners is Desert Orchid, who won the race 4 times, claiming his 4th victory at the age of 11. A number of Cheltenham Gold Cup stars have won the King George VI Chase in recent years, including Kauto Star and Best Mate. In 2009 Kauto Star rivaled Desert Orchid’s haul of 4 race victories, becoming the first horse to win the King George VI Chase four years in a row.

French trainer Francois Doumen has achieved unprecedented success in the King George VI Chase, having trained five King George VI Chase winners to date. Richard Dunwoody is the most successful jockey in the history of the race, having won the King George VI Chase on four occasions – a record that Ruby Walsh looks likely to break if his winning association with Paul Nicholls continues to produce results.

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