Henderson trio set for King George
Our gallops reporter has been to Seven Barrows in Lambourn to watch Nicky Henderson prepare his King George team.
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Nicky Henderson's candidates for the King George VI Chase have been in action on the Faringdon Road grass over the past 24 hours, including LONG RUN who has firmed up into a strong favourite for the Boxing Day highlight.
The gelding showed he was as good as ever when giving best to Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase and is thought to have progressed from that Haydock race.
With rivals falling like swotted flies for Kempton this magnificent chaser looks to have a great chance of recapturing the crown he surrendered to Kauto Star last year.
He moved with his customary aplomb yesterday.
There were some negative vibes on the exchanges about FINIAN'S RAINBOW but the Cheltenham and Aintree Festival scorer worked satisfactorily and at this point is on course for Kempton.
Tests on the gelding after his comeback flop at Ascot have shown nothing to be untoward.
He is due to tackle three miles for the first time next week, but is ridiculously weak in the market.
RIVERSIDE THEATRE has been kept back for a comeback run in the King George because he is lethal fresh.
Placed in the contest two years ago, the Ryanair Chase hero has been giving off strong signals that he will be an effective force on December 26.
SIMONSIG has worked with his customary élan ahead of his eagerly awaited debut over fences at Ascot on Friday.
He looks a natural jumper in his schooling.
RIVER MAIGUE goes for the Kennel Gate Hurdle and he looked in good heart in some strong midweek work.