Al Ferof Boxing Day Aim
A stunning weight-carrying performance by Al Ferof in the Paddy Power Gold Cup has set-up a fascinating showdown in the William Hill King George VI Chase after connections confirmed the grey would line-up at Kempton.
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Sponsors William Hill cut the John Hales-owned chaser to 7/1 third-favourite behind 2010 winner and 7/2 favourite Long Run.
Hills have also installed Al Ferof as 7/1 second-favourite for the Ryanair Chase and a 14/1 chance for an unlikelier tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Grand Crus - hot favourite for the Paddy Power - was eased to 12/1 from 9/2 for the King George and is also out to 12/1 from 8/1 for the Ryanair
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: "Al Ferof's win has set-up one of the most open and fascinating King George fields for many a year with Long Run, Finian's Rainbow, Riverside Theatre and Silviniaco Conti just a few in with strong chances. All roads lead to Kempton."
Sky Bet make Al Ferof 6/1 for the King George and 14s for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "It was a very taking performance in the Paddy Power and he puts himself right in the mix for all the big staying chasers including back here at Prestbury Park in March."
Ladbrokes also make Al Ferof 6/1 for the King George and their spokesman David Williams said: "Al Ferof seemed to be full of running at the line when the ground had turned even more testing.
"Three miles at Kempton could be well within his compass."
Far West showed his potential JCB Triumph Hurdle credentials with victory under Ruby Walsh in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial earlier on the same Cheltenham card.
The Paul Nicholls-trained juvenile defeated Vasco Du Ronceray by seven lengths and has been cut from 25s down to 10/1 by Sky Bet and BetVictor for the Festival contest next March.
Michael Shinners from Sky Bet observed: "He was impressive to quicken clear of a useful Nicky Henderson horse and is now our clear favourite at this early stage in the betting for the Triumph."
BetVictor have introduced David Pipe's Our Father into the betting for the RSA Chase at 10/1 at the Cheltenham Festival following his fluent success in the novices' contest at Cheltenham.
The grey son of Shantou had been the subject of good support throughout the morning prior to the race and he had little problem seeing off Sire Collonges by 20 lengths.
Sky Bet make Our Father 14/1 for the RSA Chase and Shinners added: "Although his impressive form tailed off last year, the weight and ground were certainly in his favour."
The Pipe stable have the 8/1 RSA Chase market leader Dynaste.