Run set for Christmas repeat

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: December 24 2012, 10:13 GMT

We analyse the last 10 renewals of Boxing Day's William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton and pick out the key statistics.

Sam Waley-Cohen and Long Run could be celebrating again

  • Winners have been aged between six (3), seven (3), eight, nine and 11 (2).
  • All of the winners have been rated in excess of 160.
  • Winners have been priced between 8-13 and 25-1 with seven favourites successful.
  • Eight winners had their preceding start in November, the remainder in December.
  • Seven winners won their preceding start, two finished third and one unseated.
  • All of the winners had previously won a Grade One contest.
  • Nine of the winners had won over at least three miles.
  • Eight winners had either won or been placed at Kempton, the two exceptions were making their course debut.


With two horses having won seven renewals between them in the past decade, it's reasonable to question quite what relevance the statistics can have on this year's contest although that very statement indicates that this is a race which lends itself to multiple winners.

Kauto Star and Desert Orchid have been the most prolific but Wayward Lad, The Fellow, Captain Christy, See More Business, Mandarin, One Man, Silver Buck and Pendil - to name but a few - all won more than one King George and Long Run holds excellent claims on the statistics of joining that list at a venue where his three starts have yielded first and second place finishes in this race and a resounding victory in the Feltham on his British debut.

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