King George VI Chase Betting Tips – 26th December 2017

Publish: 18.08.2018

King George VI Chase Betting Offers and Tips – 26th December 2017

Is there a single day of horse racing better than Boxing Day? Fans up and down Britain have the chance to watch world class racing and the jewel in the crown is the King George VI Chase.

The three mile, Grade 1 steeplechase is almost as popular as the Grand National as punters try to win back a bit of their Christmas spending.

It’s not just infrequent punters who get carried away by the King George though. With the chance to assess the strengths of the best chasers around, an intriguing betting puzzle to unpick and a massive prize to fight for, the Kempton spectacular has it all.

Past Five Winners

2016 – Thistlecrack, aged 8, ridden by Tom Scudamore, trained by Colin Tizzard
2015 – Cue Card, aged 9, ridden by Paddy Brennan, trained by Colin Tizzard
2014 – Silviniaco Conti, aged 8, ridden by Noel Fehily, trained by Paul Nicholls
2013 – Silviniaco Conti, aged 7, ridden by Noel Fehily, trained by Paul Nicholls
2012 – Long Run, aged 7, ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, trained by Nicky Henderson

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Key Trends to Mark Your King George Card

The popularity of the King George VI Chase is a big help to punters in that there’s a wealth of information we can pour through to find a potential winner.

For instance, we know that the King George was the first Grade 1 triumph for just one of the last 15 winners. We also know that the bookies tend to call the race accurately as there’s only been one winner who went off at over 9/2 in the last 15 years.

The calibre of this race means that horses with an official rating of 169 or higher should be favoured and any horse who is yet to win over three miles should only be backed if you have a very good reason.

The final thing to note about the King George VI Chase is the high number of multiple winners. There’s something about the track at Kempton, the challenge of the fences and the pace that the horse go off at that plays into the hands of former champions.

Can Any Horse Get Past the Favourite?

Last year’s King George VI Chase winner, Thistlecrack is to return to Kempton for another shot at the big one. Tom Scudamore is hopeful the nine-year-old will provide him with more big race glory but the bookies aren’t convinced.

Three horses are currently shorter than Thistlecrack and it’s the horse at the top of the betting, Might Bite, who we are siding with.

Nicky Henderson is confident about Might Bite’s chances but then he was confident 12 months ago when his charge lined up in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase. A mistake at the last cost Might Bite that day and his jumping will have to improve for him to have any chance of justifying his favouritism.

When asked about Might Bite’s jumping, Henderson is emphatic that he’s improved dramatically for a year’s worth of racing and schooling.

Might Bite won some high quality novice chases last season and kicked off the new campaign with an impressive victory at Sandown in November. He’ll head to Kempton fresh and raring to go so we recommend backing him at 6/4 with 888Sport, even if he is capable of giving punters a fright.

Tea For Two the Value Each Way Option

Such is the class of the horses entered for the King George that you can make a case for any of them. But when searching for an each-way bet it’s about value more than anything else and in that regard Tea For Two stands out at 25/1 with BetVictor.

The eight-year-old’s form doesn’t look great on paper. He was ninth of 12 on his seasonal reappearance at Aintree and then fourth at Haydock. We can forgive him a slow start though and he was actually more impressive than the result suggests in the Betfair Chase.

What really tilts the scales in Tea For Two’s favour is his record at Kempton where he’s won at Grade 1 level. Last year’s experience in the King George can only help and we fancy his chances of a place.

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