Horse Racing Winter Festival By Joe Crilly

AP McCoy Backs Don Cossack For King George Glory

William Hill ambassador AP McCoy thinks Don Cossack will win the William Hill King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.


Writing in his latest blog for William Hill, the winner of the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Lifetime Achievement award says he thinks Gordon Elliott’s horse is the one to beat.


“As long as the ground doesn’t get too heavy, I would be very keen on Don Cossack. He’s a much better horse on better ground and I think the less rain we have the better for him, but I think Don Cossack will win the King George.”


One of the other big races at the William Hill Winter Festival is the Christmas Hurdle. Faugheen is odds-on favourite to prevail for the second year in a row, but he lost his unbeaten record last time at Punchestown.


AP McCoy on the Christmas Hurdle: “I think it was just a blip from Faugheen at Punchestown. The biggest shock of all was that Willie Mullins couldn’t believe he got beat. I find it hard to think the opposition in the Christmas Hurdle will be good enough to beat Faugheen if he shows what he is capable of. The others just don’t have the same level of ability.”


And the 20-time Champion Jockey also reveals in his latest blog that getting the leg-up on an iconic horse is his favourite Christmas memory.


“The best Christmas present I’ve ever received was getting the ride on Best Mate and winning the King George.”


McCoy also admitted he wishes he was riding in the top races rather than watching them, but no matter how tempting, he won’t be riding in the William Hill King George again.


“It is harder to watch the big races like the King George. At the same time the reality is that while it’s difficult for me to retire, it’s a lot more difficult for those who have been less fortunate. I was lucky that I had a lot of success.”


The full AP McCoy blog will be available from 23rd December on and AP discusses picking up the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Lifetime Achievement award, what he’ll be doing for Christmas and whether a knighthood could be on the cards.





William Hill King George VI Chase: 9-4 Don Cossack, 11-4 Vautour, 10-3 Cue Card, 7-1 Silviniaco Conti,9-1 Smad Place, 16-1 Al Ferof, Road To Riches, 25-1 Valseur Lido, 33-1 Irish Cavalier, 66-1 Ballynagour,(EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3) Christmas Hurdle: 2-5 Faugheen, 9-2 The New One, 15-2 Old Guard, 12-1 Hargam, 25-1 Sign Of A Victory, 40-1 Melodic Rendezvous, 66-1 Dell’ Arca, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Kauto Star Novices’ Chase: 9-4 Native River, Tea For Two, 3-1 Un Temps Pour Tout, 10-1 Bally Beaufort, 12-1 Southfield Royale, 14-1 As De Mee, 16-1 Kingswell Theatre, L’Unique, 25-1 Lord Scoundrel, 33-1 Captain Von Trappe, Net d’Ecosse, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


williamhill.come Desert Orchid Chase: 4-7 Sprinter Sacre, 11-4 Sire De Grugy, 7-1 Vibrato Valtat, 12-1Somersby, 25-1 Sir Valentino, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


William Hill King George VI Chase – Where Will The Winner Be Trained?: 4-6 Ireland, 11-10 UK


William Hill King George VI Chase Match Bet: 8-11 Don Cossack, EVENS Vautour (If either horse does not run all bets will be void)


William Hill King George VI Chase Winner To Win 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 11-4


To Win The 2015 King George VI Chase & 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 8-1 Don Cossack, 10-1Vautour, 16-1 Cue Card, 66-1 Smad Place




Ryanair Hurdle: 5-4 Nichols Canyon, 6-4 Arctic Fire, 4-1 Identity Thief, 12-1 Windsor Park, 100-1Plinth, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle: 6-4 Alpha Des Obeaux, 7-4 Martello Tower, 6-1 Gwencily Berbas,7-1 Prince Of Scars, 10-1 Snow Falcon, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Lexus Chase: EVENS Don Poli, 5-2 Road To Riches, 7-2 Djakadam, 11-2 Sir Des Champs, 12-1Carlingford Lough, 16-1 Valseur Lido, 20-1 Foxrock, 33-1 First Lieutenant, Roi Du Mee, 50-1 Grand Jesture, Home Farm, On His Own, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Paddy Power Chase: 10-1 Gilgamboa, Sizing Gold, 12-1 Minella Foru, Sumos Novios, 14-1 Gallant Oscar, Heathfield, 16-1 Ballychorus, Cause Of Causes, Empire Of Dirt, First Lieutenant, Rossvoss, 20-1Captain Von Trapper, Colms Dream, Home Farm, Horendus Hulabaloo, Living Next Door, Los Amigos, Ucello Conti, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Welsh Grand National: 8-1 Midnight Prayer, Upswing, 9-1 Cogry, 10-1 Moutainous, Shotgun Paddy,12-1 Emperors Choice, O’Faolains Boy, 14-1 Theatre Guide, Tour Des Champs, 16-1 Benvolio, Black Thunder, Masters Hill, Red Devil Lads, 20-1 Bertie Boru, Bob Ford, Fourovakind, Return Spring, Rigadin De Beauchene, Saroque, Woodford County, 25-1 BAR  (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


So Fast, So Easy iPhone App Chase: 2-5 Un De Sceaux, 6-1 Felix Yonger, 10-1 Clarcam, 14-1 Sizing Granite, 16-1 Hidden Cyclone, Simply Ned, 20-1 Flemenstar, Smashing, 25-1 Bright New Dawn, 33-1Rubi Light, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Racing Post Novice Steeplechase: 1-2 Douvan, 7-2 Ttebbob, 9-2 Sizing John, 14-1 Outlander, 16-1Velvet Maker, 33-1 Lord Scoundrel, Net D’Ecosse, 40-1 Sizing Codelco, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)