Horse Racing Winter Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

The Gloves Are Off In King George

Whether you call it Boxing Day or St Stephen’s Day, there’s reason to be jolly if you’re a racing fan, with festive highlights including the King George and the Christmas Hurdle.

William Hill can’t split Cue Card and Thistlecrack in the King George VI Chase at odds of 6-5. Both Colin Tizzard-trained horses are being well-backed, although Thistlecrack is a marginally worse result for Hills.

“The thought of Cue Card and Thistlecrack going head-to-head in the King George has captured the imagination of punters. The gloves are off for a festive Boxing Day treat,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Yanworth is 11-8 favourite for the Christmas Hurdle, although the real springer in the market has been My Tent Or Yours who has shortened from 11-1 to 9-2 in just two days. The New One is 2-1 second-favourite.

“My Tent Or Yours could deliver a Christmas present for punters who backed him at double figure odds, but without Vroum Vroum Mag in the line-up, Yanworth is still the one to beat,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

From all the team at William Hill, we wish you a very merry Christmas


King George VI Chase: 6-5 Cue Card, Thistlecrack, 12-1 Josses Hill, 14-1 Tea For Two, 25-1 Silviniaco Conti, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Christmas Hurdle: 11-8 Yanworth, 2-1 The New One, 9-2 My Tent Or Yours, 11-2 Ch’Tibello, 100-1 Gray Wolf River, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Lexus Chase: 7-4 Valseur Lido, 9-4 Djakadam, 5-1 Outlander, 7-1 Zabana, 10-1 Taquin Du Seuil, 12-1 Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt, Gilgamboa, 14-1 Road To Riches, 25-1 Fine Rightly, More Of That, 33-1 Irish Cavalier, Lord Windermere, Roi Des Francs, 40-1 Smashing, 50-1 Wounded Warrior, 66-1 Arctic Skipper, 100-1 Mozoltov, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Coral Welsh Grand National: 5-1 Native River, 8-1 Caroles Destrier, 9-1 Onenightinvienna, 12-1 Gas Line Boy, 14-1 Arpege D’Alene, Bishops Road, Firebird Flyer, Viconte Du Noyer, Viva Steve, Vyta Du Roc, 16-1 Kaki De La Pree, Mountainous, Racing Pulse, Shotgun Paddy, Theatre Guide, Unioniste, Warrantor, 20-1 Baie Des Iles, Bless The Wings, Emperors Choice, Knockanrawley, Milansbar, Mysteree, Vicente, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

To Win 2016 King George VI Chase & 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 5-1 Thistlecrack, 7-1 Cue Card