King George VI Chase Date is 27th December 2019


Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase (3 miles)


Trial race for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

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General Race Info


Runners & Tips


Stats & Trends

Past Winners

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2019 King George VI Chase General Info

Kempton Park’s King George VI Chase, run every year on Boxing Day as part of their Christmas Festival, is a three-mile chase featuring 18 fences. Run at Grade 1 level, the King George Chase is considered to be second only to the Cheltenham Gold Cup in importance as far as staying chases go within the British National Hunt season.

As tradition dictates, the King George VI Chase 2019 will be staged on Thursday December 26th and once again it promises to be hugely important for trainers, jockeys and owners as well as those seeking Cheltenham Festival betting clues given that it is a race usually won by a top-class animal.

In fact, the likes of Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star have taken the King George en route to Gold Cup success at the Festival and it once again promises to give us several of the top contenders for the 2020 renewal.

2019 King George VI Chase Key Runners

A maximum of 20 will be allowed to line up with the King George VI Chase 2019 time set for 3.05. Here are the top 5 contenders thus far.

Horse Age Jockey Trainer
Al Boum Photo 7 TBC Willie Mullins
Altior 9 TBC Nicky Henderson
Chacun Pour Soi 7 TBC Willie Mullins
Clan Des Obeaux 7 TBC Paul Nicholls
Cyrname 7 TBC Paul Nicholls
Douvan 9 TBC Willie Mullins
Frodon 7 TBC Paul Nicholls
Lostintranslation 7 TBC Colin Tizzard
Road To Respect 8 TBC Noel Meade
Vinndication 6 TBC Kim Bailey

 2019 King George VI Chase Tips

It’s early days yet of course as regards King George Chase tips goes, but after a similar comeback to last year it would be no surprise to see 2018 winner Clan Des Obeaux go well while stablemate Cyrname looked top class when winning at Ascot in February.

Nicky Henderson’s Altior could be anything over three miles, but at 3/1 favourite in the King George Chase betting market ante post he offers no value.

The interesting one in the early King George VI Chase betting is Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation whose Carlisle win can be upgraded significantly while he looks the type to make into a top-class chaser.

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King George VI Chase Stats & Trends

Due largely to the unrivalled success of his Kauto Star who won this race five times, Paul Nicholls is the most successful trainer in the King George VI race Boxing Day spectacular with ten successes and the Ditcheat man is likely to be represented once again.

Since 2000, five King George Chase winners have gone on to land the Gold Cup at Cheltenham proving that it takes a top-class chaser to win this, the average SP of the last 19 winners being 4/1 despite a couple of 12/1 and 25/1 winners. Taking out those longshots in fact leaves the average SP at less than 5/2, so don’t look too far down the list.

Taking out Kauto Star, all King George Chase winners since 2004 have been aged 6-8 which seems to be the sweet spot when considering King George Chase 2019 bets, while since the all-time great’s domination began in 2006 only Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson and Colin Tizzard have trained winners of the race.

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King George Betting 2019

King George VI Chase tips will be abundant as we approach go-time, so to compliment this you’ll need to find a good betting offer.

King George race Boxing Day 2019 deals should be plentiful with most firms offering Best Odds Guaranteed and Non-Runner No Bet deals, bet365 and Coral already being generous with their offers. The former are putting up their Feature Race 4/1 offer and the latter are offering money back in National Hunt races up to £10 if your horse fails to finish and these offers are exactly what is needed to keep punters interested.

Past King George VI Chase Winners

Despite a poor reappearance run at Haydock, much was expected of RSA Chase winner and Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite who went off 3/1 favourite for the 2018 King George at Kempton, with Native River and Politologue not far behind at 9/2 and 5/1.

Despite being an outsider at 12/1, Paul Nicholls had said in interviews that there was likely more to come from his Clan Des Obeaux and the six-year-old duly obliged with a taking performance to land the spoils by 1½ lengths from previous winner Thistlecrack. Here are all the King George VI Chase past winners from 2010 onwards with how they fared at the following Cheltenham Festival:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Festival Performance
2018 Clan Des Obeaux 6 Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls 5th in Gold Cup
2017 Might Bite 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 2nd in Gold Cup
2016 Thistlecrack 8 Tom Scudamore Colin Tizzard Did not race
2015 Cue Card 9 Paddy Brennan Colin Tizzard Fell in Gold Cup
2014 Silviniaco Conti 8 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls 7th in Gold Cup
2013 Silviniaco Conti 7 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls 4th in Gold Cup
2012 Long Run 7 Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson 3rd in Gold Cup
2011 Kauto Star 11 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls Pulled-up in Gold Cup
2010 Long Run 6 Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson 1st in Gold Cup