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King George Tips : Its the Boxing Day Cracker, who is Lewis backing?

It’s a Christmas cracker! The King George VI Chase has lived up to its billing as the feature race of the Christmas period by attracting a stellar field.

It should be a mouthwatering contest with a high quality field including Vautour, Don Cossack, Cue Card and two time winner Silviniaco Conti as Lewis Jones takes a look at the card.

Who is he backing?

The answer to the puzzle is an easy one to answer too, as DON COSSACK looks set to run his rivals into the ground at Kempton.

Gordon Elliot’s chaser has come of age in the last 12 months. Just one defeat in his last nine races shows that this bull of a chaser is fulfilling his potential and that journey should culminate with his winning the Kempton crown on Boxing day.

He ticks every box. He jumps like stag, he travels with great fluency and he also knows how to win races over three miles.

The same can’t be said for his rivals and that’s why he’s the bet at 9/4, or if you don’t have a Paddy Power account, you can get 12/1 on him here.

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Don Cossack looks worth a look, especially with Paddy Power and their 12/1 offer

There are plenty of negatives against the chances of Vautour for me to easily swerve him at short prices.

This horse is as classy as they come, but is he really a three mille chaser?

He could well be, but we haven’t had proof that yet.

At Cheltenham in March he simply blew everyone away with the ease and speed he showed over his fences.

He powered clear that day by a huge winning margin, giving the impression that an extra three or four furlongs wouldn’t bother him. However, this is his biggest stamina test to date and you can be rest assured that his rivals will be making this race a test.

Smad Place, Don Cossack and Cue Card all like to bowl along from the front and they’re likely to take each other on.

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Willie Mullins should be primed for Cheltenham. Is this a race too early for Vautour?

This race is shaping up to be a furiously run affair. Vautour may just lack that maturity to save energy to really show his best in this kind of race.

Also, it was hard to take many positives from his comeback run at Ascot, where he scraped home with the petrol gauge running low very quickly.

Willie Mullins has admitted his horses will be peaking at Cheltenham again this season and this may just be a stepping stone for March.

If so, then there’s strong enough opposition here to take advantage. Cue Card also is too short in the betting.

My god he was visually impressive when winning the Betfair Chase, but from a logical form perspective you’d have to come the conclusion that Silviniaco Conti just didn’t run his race.

Colin Tizzard’s star chaser has been beaten in three King George’s and despite his wonderful bounce back to form this season, it would be a huge surprise if he’s good enough to beat Don Cossack or even Vautour.

Silviniaco Conti – a two-time winner of this race – shouldn’t be ruled out and punters that like to nick a bit of sneaky each-way value will surely be snapping up the 8/1 about his chances.

If you can forgive him his last run, then he’s going to be on the premises over a course and distance he relishes.

He’s a juicier each-way prospect that Smad Place, who won a very poor renewal of the Hennessey and will have to step up to play a part here.

 

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