Coneygree is definitely the favorite at the upcoming King George VI Chase, Kempton 888sport betting odds, as this Christmas option – after all he is last season’s Gold Cup winner.
Coneygree is unbeaten over fences after starting this season with a convincing win at Sandown, but the eight year old was forced to miss the Hennessy at Newbury last month due to a setback. There were assumptions that Coneygree might not even run over Christmas and instead wait for a return to Cheltenham at the end of January.
Coneygree won the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day last season before going on to become the first novice since Captain Christy in 1974 to win the Gold Cup.
Nevertheless, for the King George Coneygree could face the likes of two-time winner Silviniaco Conti, Cue Card and Vautour at Kempton.
The King George is a race that really challenges the very best and is probably second to the Cheltehnham Gold Cup in terms of prestige, with the race earning the title as the mid-season championship.
Dual King George winner, Silviniaco Conti, looks set to be amongst the King George Chase runners once again this year and he is towards the top of the King George betting, as he goes for a third triumph at Kempton. Also likely to run is Cue Card who is expected to be a major player this season.
Other potential runners in the King George this season include Grade 1 winner Tea For Two for Nick Williams and Coneygree, who was the Gold Cup winner back in 2015 and connections will be hoping he can stay clear of injury this term.
There is always a good sized field for Kempton each Boxing Day and we are expecting 2016 to be no different.