King George Chase Form Guide 2010
The 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 King George winner is going for a historic 5th victory in the race this boxing day and few would bet against him achieving just that. In the time since his first King George win, Kauto Star has also won two Cheltenham Gold Cups and is one of the great chasers of all time already. A 5th win for Kauto would see him go past the great Desert Orchid who won the race four times.
So far this season we have only seen Kauto Star in the JNWine Chase at Down Royal where he was a comfortable winner against the likes of Sizing Europe and China Rock and he will now go straight to Kempton at the head of the King George Chase odds.
Long Run has been talked about as a potential star ever since he arrived in Nicky Henderson's yard in 2009 from France, he is a good prospect but did disappoint recently when only third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup. He went off as well backed favourite for the Cheltenham race but failed to pick up Little Josh when many felt he would do, he should come on for the run though and will still be one to watch at Kempton. He enjoyed Kempton last Christmas when winning the Feltham Chase and connections will be hoping he repeats that form in the King George on Boxing Day.
The grey Nacarat is a consistent horse who is rarely out of the frame in a major race so is sure to come in for plenty of each-way money ahead of the 2010 King George VI Chase at Kempton. He won the Charlie Hall Chase is some style at Wetherby in October before coming home in 4th place in the Betfair Chase last month, he may struggle to compete with Kauto Star but in this company it would be no surprise to see him in the mix.
Forpadydeplasterer is a horse with considerable talent, a former Arkle Winner who is always popular with punters and he will be taking his chance over the extra trip in the King George at Kempton. Since winning the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2009 he has come second a remarkable seven consecutive times, it is an amazing stat and can be viewed in a positive and a negative light from a betting point of view. He is a horse that always runs in the big races and has lost to the likes of Big Zeb, Twist Magic and Albertas Run among others so there is no disgrace in losing in that company. However, it would be a worry that he struggles to get his nose in front and he looks like a great each-way punt especially if the ground dries up a bit.
The Nicky Henderson trained Riverside Theatre has been aimed at the King George ever since bypassing the Peterborough Chase at Newbury recently, he is a fast improving type and should give a good account of himself on Boxing Day as long as he stays the trip. He won last time out at Kempton in the Graduation Chase so clearly acts on the track which makes him a dangerous player in the betting, although the ground may have gone against him on the soft side of good. At just six he is open to improvement over the next couple of years which means he may struggle to compete with Kauto Star and the like here but he has to be good looking each/way value.