Bravemansgame is bidding to retain his King George VI Chase title at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Paul Nicholls’ stable star stormed to glory in last year’s renewal but defeats in this season’s Charlie Hall Chase and Betfair Chase means the returning champion has a bit of a point to prove.
The big danger is likely to be Allaho as the dual Ryanair Chase winner makes the trip across the Irish Sea after returning to the track from a long injury lay-off with a facile victory in the Clonmel Oil Chase last month.
Shishkin has had a troubled build up after refusing to race at Ascot and a planned engagement at Newcastle being wrecked by the weather, but Nicky Henderson’s charge boasts the class to return to the winners’ enclosure if he’s on a going day.
Last season’s Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase hero The Real Whacker is also among the principal players. 2020 winner Frodon and this year’s Oaksey Chase winner Hewick complete the field for Tuesday’s 14:30.
The latest King George VI Chase odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.
King George VI Chase verdict
Timeform: If ALLAHO is still capable of the form he showed when demolishing a bunch of established Grade 1 chasers at Punchestown in April 2022 on his previous attempt at 3m he should come out on top. Last year’s winner Bravemansgame can give him most to do, although Shishkin is also more than capable of having a big say if in the mood.
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
King George VI Chase runners and riders
The following horses have been declared for the King George VI Chase 2023.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 11 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Trainer: John Joseph Hanlon Jockey: Gavin Sheehan Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs
Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs
The Real Whacker
Trainer: Patrick Neville Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs
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