King George VI Chase Form Guide 2012
Long Run was the brilliant winner of the King George Chase two years ago and on that basis he has to be a major player once again this season. The Nicky Henderson horse is also a former Gold Cup winner but the feeling is that e has just slipped away from his best since that win in 2011. He ran well first time out this season when second to Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase at Haydock when plugging on gamely in testing conditions but will need to improve on that to win here. Long Run came second to Kauto Star in the race last season and a repeat of that run will surely see him go very close although jumping mistakes remain a worrying trend for the horse.
The Colin Tizzard horse looks set to try three miles for the first time at Kempton on Boxing Day and he is a chaser of the very highest quality. Cue Card is a former winner of the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and he very rarely runs a bad race as his record proves. Last season we saw Cue Card chase home the highly exciting Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle and that looks rock solid form. He started this season off with a scintillating front running performance to win the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter over 2m1f and the King George looks the next target. Stamina is not assured but he is bred to get further and connections are convinced Kempton will be idea making him a major player this season.
The Philip Hobbs horse looks set to go to Kempton for the second year on the bounce after his impressive recent win in the Amlin Chase. That win at Ascot on heavy ground was an impressive one and connections are bullish about his chances on Boxing Day as a result. His habit of running down the fences as he jumped seemed better on the right handed track at Ascot and that should prove to be the case at Kempton once again. Captain Chris ran a solid race when third in the King George last season behind Kauto Star and Long Run and another run up to that standard should see him right in the mix once again making him a cracking each-way price.
Nicky Henderson has said that he will run Riverside Theatre in the King George this season and he is a fascinating prospect. He won the Ryanair Chase at the Festival last season despite not traveling an inch and ever since it appears that connections have had this race in mind. He ran well in this race in January 2011 when a gallant second to Long Run and he is surely a better horse now. He is yet to run this season but nearly always wins first time out and if he he does get the trip he will be a major contender at a nice price.
Kauto Stone is till perhaps best known as being the younger half brother to the legendary Kauto Star who of course won this race five times. It is fair to say though Kauto Stone is a top class horse in his own right who looks to be improving all the time for Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls. He looked very good last month when winning his first grade 1 race at Down Royal in the JNWine Champion Chase on his first try over three miles. Connections are confident he could be a live each-way contender and he has the great Ruby Walsh on board which can only be a positive. It is however worth noting that he usually runs best when fresh which is a worry and this will be by far his toughest test to date.