Our runner-by-guide to the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day
Don Cossack is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Gigginstown, he has won five Grade 1s, including his latest outing at Down Royal when landing the JNwine.com Champion Chase. He is proven over three miles and a worthy favourite
Vautour is trained by Willie Mullins and owned by the Ricci’s, Vautour was one of the most impressive winners of any Cheltenham Festival race in March when romping home in the JLT Novices’ Chase. Never raced over three miles.
Cue Card is trained by Colin Tizzard and owned by Mrs Jean Bishop. He was a stylish winner of the Betfair Chase at Haydock and looks to be in the form of his life following an epiglottis operation. Leading British contender.
Silviniaco Conti is trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Potensis Bloodstock/Chris Giles. Reigning William Hill King George champion for the last two years, but will need to overcome issues with sarcoids and a below par effort at Haydock recently
Smad Place is trained by Alan King and owned by Mrs Peter Andrews. Rarely has there been a more impressive winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup and he deserves his place in Grade 1 company, in a race with a rich history of grey winners.
Al Ferof is formerly trained by Paul Nicholls but now with Dan Skelton, owned by John Hales. A former Cheltenham Festival winner and third in this race for the last two years. Yard are going well this season and each-way claims again.
Valseur Lido is trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Gigginstown. He was a well held second behind Djakadam in the John Durkan Memorial most recently, but he is only six and is a potential improver, particularly over three miles.
Irish Cavalier is trained by Rebecca Curtis and owned by Andrew McIver. Provided his owner with a first Cheltenham Festival success in March and caught the eye back at that track in November, but this is a bold step-up in class.
Ballynagour is trained by David Pipe and owned by Allan Stennett. He has been well beaten by Cue Card at both Wetherby and Haydock this season, he could struggle against more proven Grade 1 horses.