King George VI Contenders
It may well be Christmas Eve and we may well be in the midst of a three day break from racing but do not fear. Racing is all set to return with a bang this Wednesday as Kempton Park takes centre stage for the King George VI Chase.
The 3 mile, eighteen fence chase forms the second leg of the National Hunt Triple Crown and is widely thought of as National Hunt’s most prestigious winter steeple chase.
Given its nature as part of the progression towards competing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the race is always hugely competitive. This year is no different with only three of 17 entered failing to have tasted Grade 1 success.
Triple Crown contender Bristol De Mai looks to have come out of his Betfair Chase win well and is said to be in good shape for the race. Should the mercurial grey be able to match his performance at Haydock last time out then he will certainly be amongst it at the business end of the race.
The Gold Cup 1-2 of Native River and Might Bite look set to lock horns once again, with last year’s winner Might Bite aiming to reverse the form of last year’s Cheltenham showpiece.
While the particularly intriguing profile of Ruth Jefferson’s Waiting Patiently will also no doubt peak the interest of many punters ahead of the race.
The hugely progressive seven-year-old is unbeaten over fences, but comes into the race off a lengthy 10 month layoff. Every previous winner has had a prep run leading up to the race, so he’d have to flip the script somewhat in order to prevail.
Whatever happens the race certainly looks like it’ll be a true Christmas cracker!