King George Chase Tips & Live Streaming : Al Ferof to slog it out on Boxing Day
Breaking King George Chase tips and live streaming schedule with the latest betting odds on Cue Card, Al Ferof, Dynaste, Silviniaco Conti, and news from the big race at Kempton Park.
Boxing Day: it’s about two things. Cold meats and top-class National Hunt racing.
Kempton’s King George meeting is only surpassed by the Cheltenham Festival in terms of Graded level racing and this year’s Boxing Day extravaganza is shaping up to be an absolute Christmas cracker.
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The King George VI Stakes is the centre-piece on Kempton’s Boxing Day’s card and is steeped in rich tradition.
It takes a special horse to take this crown home and we’re siding with Al Ferof to be the next in line off the Paul Nicholls production line in the three mile chase division.
Ever since he roared away with arguably one of the hottest Supreme Novice Hurdles ever at Cheltenham, it was clear that this horse was a potential superstar.
In behind him that day was Cue Card and subsequent two mile chasing wonder horse Sprinter Sacre.
Things have been very stop-start since that win. He was thrashed in the Arkle by Sprinter Sacre and then by Menorah at Aintree but he bounced back with a stunning win in bottomless ground in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
That was the last time we saw the John Hales-owned grey as he was ruled out for last season with an injury.
But any lasting doubts about his state of body were firmly put to bed when he reappeared in a Grade Two at Ascot in November, where he jumped with great vigour and saw off French Opera in a match race with minimal fuss.
It was the perfect prep for a crack at the top level and his first over three miles. He’s bred to get this trip and the more rain the better. Although 4/1 isn’t much of a price, with the doubts lingering about his market rivals, he looks the best bet at this stage.
The doubts surrounding Betfair Chase winner Cue Card are a little worrying for his followers.
The yard has been struck by a virus in recent weeks and he’s never looked at his best going right handed or on a slower surface. Dynaste was firmly put his in place by the classy Cue Card at Haydock and will get outslugged with some of rivals over three miles.
Each-way punters may want to chance two-time King George winner Long Run, who although not quite at his peak, always runs a sound race and could be in there pitching as they approach the final few flights.