Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

William Hill Winter Festival Launch

There are just 18 days to go until the start of the William Hill Winter Festival and the countdown is on as guests gathered for the official launch at Balthazar, Covent Garden.

Guests included Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls and prominent owner Rich Ricci. The event was hosted by Channel 4 presenter Nick Luck who quizzed connections on the contenders for this year’s £200,000 William Hill King George VI Chase

“Balthazar was one of the Three Kings, so it’s appropriate that our search for the next king of Kempton starts here,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “The betting market is really beginning to heat up and provide a warming glow to the hearts of all National Hunt fans. The top two in the betting are both attracting support and there’s a real battle on for the favourite tag.”

To celebrate the event, William Hill have launched some special markets around the jewel in the crown of the Festival, the William Hill King George VI Chase.

William Hill are offering odds for who will start as favourite, with Silviniaco Conti the 8-11 favourite to be the festive jolly, while it’s 5-2 for this year’s King George winner to land any race at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.

The William Hill Winter Festival takes place over the 26th and 27th December at Kempton Park Racecourse and features top quality National Hunt racing, including other key races such as the £100,000 William Hill Christmas Hurdle and the £70,000 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

*Quotes from connections to follow – please see press release this afternoon*




William Hill King George VI Chase:

11-4 Silviniaco Conti 

4-1 Champagne Fever 

8-1 Al Ferof, Simonsig

9-1 Menorah

10-1 Cue Card

12-1 Dynaste 

14-1 Captain Chris

16-1 Road To Riches

20-1 Boston Bob, Eduard

25-1 Ballycasey, Holywell, Johns Spirit, Ma Filleule, Smad Place, Taquin Du Seuil, Wishfull Thinking

33-1 Fox Appeal, Vukovar

40-1 The Giant Bolster, Theatre Guide, Wonderful Charm

50-1 Bury Parade, Corrin Wood, Double Ross

66-1 Annacotty

(Each Way ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


To Train The First Two Home (1st & 2nd):

8-1 Paul Nicholls

66-1 Philip Hobbs


William Hill King George VI Chase Winner To Win Any Race At The 2015 Cheltenham Festival: 5-2


Winning Distance: 

Under 1 Length:     5-1

1 to 1 ¾:                    5-1

2 to 3 ¾:                    7-2

4 to 10:                      7-4

Over 10 Lengths:    3-1

Winner's Starting Price To Be 12-1 Or Greater: 9-4

Who Will Start Favourite?:

8-11 Silviniaco Conti, 11-8 Champagne Fever, 12-1 Al Ferof, 10-1 Any Other Runner

(Dead Heat Rules Apply If Joint/Co-Favourites)