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King George VI Chase: Breakdown of 10 remaining runners

| 24.12.2012

Captain Chris

It is no secret that Captain Chris is at his best on right-handed tracks and his only defeat in four starts over obstacles at Kempton was when he finished third to Kauto Star in the King George last year.

This race looks tougher though and if he was not good enough then, he is unlikely to be good enough now. Captain Chris is 14/1.

Champion Court

A return to 3m is definitely a positive for Champion Court and he is a smart jumper, which suggests he could stretch them early if allowed to dictate from the front.

There remain doubts whether he is a good enough to win a race of this calibre, but should give punters a run for their money at 33/1.

Cue Card

Potentially the classiest horse in the race and his form when only narrowly beaten by Bobs Worth last season when conceding weight stands out as a performance of note.

The big problem is that is he unproven over both this type of trip and at Kempton, but is capable of proving wrong any doubters at 5/1.

For Non Stop

He has not finished out of the first three now in seven consecutive starts and could be one to benefit if they go too quickly up front early on.

For Non Stop does seem better suited to faster-run races and could easily pick a few off up the run in to finish in the first three. He should not be totally dismissed at 33/1.

Grands Crus

If he can repeat his form of last season, especially his victory in the Feltham Chase when he posted a faster time than Kauto Star in the King George, Grands Crus is way overpriced at 10/1.

The fact he has been left in suggests that David Pipe believes a recent wind operation has been a success, but this is not guaranteed to have corrected issues that have seen him disappoint on his last two starts.

Certainly, not out of each-way calculations though.


Supplemented at a cost late by connections because of the forecast heavy ground a Kempton and he more than any other horse will have no problems seeing out the trip.

Probably not good enough to win, but will be staying on until the line and one of many who have some each-way appeal at a biggish price. Junior is 20/1.

Kauto Stone

Any horse that is the sole representative of the Paul Nicholls team has to be respected and Kauto Stone is one of few in the field to have Grade One-winning form over 3m.

There are some doubts over whether this success was against the hottest opposition, but he is entitled to take his chance at 8/1 and has been well rested for this.

Long Run

As a proven winner of both this race and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Long Run is certainly the one to beat, especially as he is one of a select few to have proven stamina to see out the trip on soft ground.

However, he is plenty short enough at 7/4 given that he is not the safest of jumpers, has been beaten on his last two starts and will be ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen

Riverside Theatre

He Is clearly talented, but the opinion remains that 2m4f is Riverside Theatre’s best trip and so this could be too much of a stamina test, especially on heavy ground.

On the plus side, Riverside Theatre loves Kempton and goes well fresh, although all of the last 14 King George winners had previously run in the same season.

He did take second in this two years ago and could repeat this performance at 5/1.

The Giant Bolster

He showed marked improvement last year to finish second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and was ahead of Long Run in the process.

Looks capable of further improvement and stable have looked in good form of late.

The Giant Bolster is a danger at 9/1, as long as his jumping holds up.

Predicted first three

Long Run
Cue Card
For Non Stop

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.