Horse Racing Winter Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

Top Ten Set For King George

Ten horses remain in a stellar field for the William Hill King George VI Chase following the five day stage for the race. Don Cossack heads the market with the sponsor at 9-4, as he bids to become the first Irish horse since Kicking King to win the biggest chase of the Winter.

Vautour could also break the ten year losing streak for Ireland and is 11-4 to give Willie Mullins a second King George, after his success with Florida Pearl in 2001.

Cue Card is the leading British challenger at 3-1, following his romp at Haydock last time out. It’s 16-1 for him to win the Chase Triple Crown by adding Kempton’s biggest prize and the Cheltenham Gold Cup to his seasonal tally.

Silviniaco Conti, who has won the race for the past two years, is 7-1 to land the hat-trick.

Smad Place, who was victorious in the Hennessy Gold Cup most recently, is a big price of 10-1 to double up on Boxing Day at Kempton.

“The field for this year’s William Hill King George looks tremendous and the strength in depth is clear to see. The fact that a highly impressive winner of the Hennessy is a double figure price demonstrates just how competitive a race it will be on Boxing Day,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. 

William Hill King George VI Chase: 9-4 Don Cossack, 11-4 Vautour, 3-1 Cue Card, 7-1 Silviniaco Conti, 10-1 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)

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