King George VI Chase 2012
This entry was posted on Monday, December 24th, 2012
The Grand National and the Gold Cup may have its followers, but for the purist racing fan, nothing beats a crisp Boxing Day afternoon at Kempton Park, the showpiece of which is the King George VI Chase.
In the absence of Kauto Star, now reduced to something called dressage, the name horse in the race is 2010 winner Long Run. He certainly isn’t the dominant force of old, and there are question marks over his hunger. Yet there aren’t too many obvious alternatives, and that is why Sam Waley Cohen will inevitably go off as favourite come Wednesday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Cue Card is highly fancied, and was certainly impressive in his recent Haldon Gold Cup victory. I just doubt as to whether he can stay 3m whilst Captain Chris finished third last year, but has been deservedly drifting of late despite recently landing a 19f Grade 2 at Ascot.
At around the 10s mark are both Grands Crus and The Giant Bolster. The former looked an outstanding novice when slamming Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth in Feltham on this card a year ago, but flopped badly at the Paddy Power Gold Cup, an experience that will surely live in the memory.
The Giant Bolster was the runner-up at the 2012 Gold Cup no less, and also finished third in the Betfair Chase – a horse certainly worth an each-way investment at 3.1 Kauto Stone will probably get many a confused punter backing him, but he won’t star although also could place, having got back on track when proving too strong for First Lieutenant in the JNwine Chase at Down Royal in November. Back a top three finish at 3.15.
Which pretty much just leaves our winner Riverside Theatre, available at Bluesq at 5. Thank us later.