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2020 King George VI Chase Tips - Back Clan to complete hat-trick in Kempton's main event

  • We take preview the 2020 King George VI Chase
  • This Grade One is the main event at Kempton Park on Boxing Day on Saturday 26th December
  • Five horse rated 170 or higher will run in this excellent race
  • Clan Des Obeaux is our tip at 7/4
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Sam Twiston-Davies celebrates after riding Clan Des Obeaux to win The Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse on December 26, 2019. (Getty)

We take a look through the field set to contest this historic Grade One on Boxing Day and provide readers with our 2020 King George VI Chase tips.

The card on day one of Kempton's Christmas Festival features three Grade One races. The most prestigious of those is certainly the King George VI Chase, which has been won by many of the sport's greatest chasers, including Arkle and Kauto Star.

A high-quality list of entrants passed through the seven-day entries stage this weekend. Let's take a look through the current betting before coming up with our best bet.

2020 King George VI Chase Odds


Name
Best Odds
Clan Des Obeaux7/4
Cyrname15/8
Santini11/2
Lostintranslation8/1
Monalee8/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken from Ladbrokes on 22/12/20*

2020 King George VI Chase Favourite


Clan Des Obeaux2020 King George VI Chase FavouriteGET 7/4 HERE
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Two Paul Nicholls' runners have dominated the betting for this year's King George and, in recent days, punters have come down on the side of reigning and defending two-time champion, Clan Des Obeaux.

Nicholls' star beat Thistlecrack to win his first King George in 2018, before trouncing Cyrname to retain his crown 12 months ago. Clan Des Obeaux ran a cracker behind Bristol De Mai on his reappearance up at Haydock, and it's not surprise to see him edging the battle for favouritism.

2020 King George VI Chase Runners


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Cyrname proved he was back to his best on his reappearance, cruising to his first victory over three miles in the Charlie Hall Chase. Having proven he does stay the trip, Nicholls will be even more confident heading into this year's King George with Cyrname, who remains the highest-rated chaser currently in training.

Nicky Henderson threw a curve-ball at his old foe this week, decided to chuck Santini into the King George at the last minute. Santini hasn't been at his best on two previous starts around right-handed tracks, but should come on from that reappearance at Aintree.

Lostintranslation simply hated the ground up at Haydock on his reappearance in the Betfair Chase. Robbie Power knew from the get-go that it wasn't going to suit, and didn't ask his mount for any serious effort. Colin Tizzard's Gold Cup third fell in this race 12 months ago, but is too classy to be ruled out entirely.

The fifth horse rated north of 170 in this cracking renewal of the King George VI Chase is Monalee, who could make the trip over from Ireland. With Minella Indo topping the market for the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, De Bromhead has wisely decided to split up his stable stars. Monalee finished fourth in a Gold Cup and has won a Graded race going right-handed, but his strike rate is fairly poor, and he's never won a three-miler over fences.

Paul Nicholls also has Real Steel entered up. Much was expected of Nicholls' recruit on his stable debut at Ascot, having run a screamer in the Gold Cup on his final outing for Willie Mullins. Real Steel didn't jump or travel with any real zest behind Imperial Aura, though, and it's hard to make a case for him, now thrown into much deeper waters.

Waiting Patiently has only been seen four times since beating Cue Card in the 2018 Ascot Chase, and I can't see Ruth Jefferson's nine-year-old challenging on his return to action. 

Saint Calvados is a horse I love, but Harry Whittington is asking a lot for his stable star to challenge in a Grade One of this stature, on his first start of the season over three miles for the first time. 

Although he has won over third trip on a couple of occasions, I don't think Frodon is up to Grade One standard over this trip. Black Op rounds off the field, but I don't think he stands much of a chance at all.

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Clan Des Obeaux (centre) bounds clear of Cyrname (left) on the run to the last in the 2019 King George. (Getty)

2020 King George VI Chase Tips


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Santini is a eye-catching addition to the King George field, and he has to be respected. However, when La Bague Au Roi made all to win the Kauto Star here two years ago, Santini was outpaced the whole way round, staying on for third late on. Henderson's star certainly hasn't got quicker since then, and he'll only have a chance if they crawl their way around Kempton.

We didn't see the real Lostintranslation at Haydock, or here last year, where Robbie Power's mount ran a terrible race. While I feel he represents excellent each-way value, Colin Tizzard's stable have been so in-and-out the last 18 months, I can't bring myself to back him.

I'm left looking at the two leading contenders in the betting. On the back of that titanic battle with Altior last year, Cyrname looked far from the best chaser in training when labouring home second on his first crack at the King George. Harry Cobden's mount barely seemed to break a sweat when beating Vinndication and Aye Right up at Wetherby, and I'm confident the trip won't catch him out at Kempton.

Yet, it's very hard to get the image of CLAN DES OBEAUX leaving Cyrname for dead down the home-straight here 12 months ago. Cyrname may not have been at his best, but to lose by 21 lengths was fairly emphatic.

This time around, it's Clan Des Obeaux who's had the harder race leading into the King George, having pushed Bristol De Mai close on bottomless ground in the Betfair Chase. However, Nicholls has already confirmed that a return to the Cheltenham Gold Cup is off the table for Clan Des Obeaux. His entire season will have been geared around this race, and Nicholls' eight-year-old always improves for his first start after a break.
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Verdict

Cyrname will be more competitive than he was last year. As will Lostintranslation. Still, the one to beat is Clan Des Obeaux, and I'll be backing Paul Nicholls' star to seal a stunning hat-trick of King George wins in the Boxing Day feature at Kempton.

2020 King George VI Chase Tip: Clan Des Obeaux Straight Win @175.00 at BetMGM - 25 Units

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