William Hill King George VI Chase (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner £113,900 2nd £42,740 3rd £21,400 4th £10,660 5th £5,360 6th £2,680
  • Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 10.90s
  • Off time: 15:10:06
Full result
Result 15:10 Kempton Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 9 Silviniaco Conti 7/2
2nd 3 Cue Card 10/3j
3rd 1 Al Ferof 11 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1343/1-1
YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 33
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 1343/1-1
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 168
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 168 5/1
2 4251-72
Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 14
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Ian Popham
  • Form: 4251-72
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 M Keighley Ian Popham 157 33/1
3 5112-31
ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 33
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 5112-31
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 174
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 174 10/3j
4 11121-2
Maroon and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Dynaste (FR) 33
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 11121-2
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 169
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 D Pipe T Scudamore 169 10/3j
5 2132-54
Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 33
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: 2132-54
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10v1
  • OR: 168
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 v1 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 168 8/1
6 313P22-
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 253
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 313P22-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 169
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 16/1
7 24141-U
YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Mount Benbulben (IRE) 54
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:D E Mullins
  • Form: 24141-U
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 160
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 G Elliott D E Mullins 160 20/1
8 1P/646-1
Red and White diamonds, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Riverside Theatre 14
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1P/646-1
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10hb
  • OR: 163
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 hb N J Henderson B J Geraghty 163 20/1
9 111F3-3
Red, pink hoop and armlets Silviniaco Conti (FR) 33
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 111F3-3
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 173
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 P F Nicholls N Fehily 173 7/2

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Long Run (FR)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
7 11-10 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 15/8
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In depth

Verdict

LONG RUN could be a massive price in this as the race clearly brings out the best in the eight-year-old and amateur pilot Sam Waley-Cohen. The partnership were successful in 2010 and 12 months ago and, in between, only found the legendary Kauto Star a length-and-a-quarter too good. He had Champion Court, Cue Card and Riverside Theatre well beaten last year but Cue Card reversed the form in spectacular fashion in last month's betfair Chase at Haydock when staying on strongly to beat Dynaste and Silviniaco Conti, dispelling stamina doubts. The worry here is that Champion Court will take on Colin Tizzard's stable star for the lead and that could set things up for a finisher. Menorah was a long way behind Silviniaco Conti over 3m at Newbury in February and also looks held by Cue Card on the form book while Al Ferof has chosen a very tough race in which to try this trip for the first time under Rules, though did win over 3m in a point-to-point. Mount Benbulben won a Grade 1 novice chase at Punchestown in April but jumped poorly before unseating his rider on his reappearance at Down Royal and will likely find it tough going against these classy chasers.

Formwatch

Silviniaco Conti (FR) 7-2 (11-7) In touch, headway to track leaders 6 out, every chance before 3 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Cue Card (11-7) at Haydock 3m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Nov.

Cue Card 9-1 (11-7) Prominent, led 5th, challenged from 4 out, hard ridden 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Haydock 3m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Nov beating Dynaste (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.

Al Ferof (FR) 1-5fav (11-7) Made all, set decent pace, in command from 12th, clear from 3 out, unchallenged, won at Ascot 2m 3f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov beating French Opera (11-1) by 8l, 2 ran.

Mount Benbulben (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Held up early, closer in 4th at 3rd, dropped to rear before halfway, niggled along briefly 8 out, headway into 4th 5 out, close on inner when bad mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Roi Du Mee (11-10) at Down Royal 3m chs G1 (1) sft in Nov, 6 ran.

Dynaste (FR) 11-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 6 out, soon chasing leaders, travelling strongly 3 out, soon ridden to challenge, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Cue Card (11-7) at Haydock 3m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Nov.

Menorah (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, jumped left 6th, reminder 10th, headway 12th, ridden before 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Champion Court (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G2 (1) gs in Apr.

Champion Court (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Led, ridden after 3 out, saddle slipped soon after next, mistake last, headed flat, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Riverside Theatre (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs.

Long Run (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, effort when not fluent 4 out, weakened after next, 4th of 8, 21l behind Cue Card (11-7) at Haydock 3m 1f chs G1 (1) sft in Nov.

Riverside Theatre 9-4fav (11-0) Tracked leader, mistake 7th, jumped slowly after, under pressure 4 out, rallied after 2 out, led after last, kept on under pressure, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gs beating Champion Court (11-6) by 1/2l, 7 ran.