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

15:10 Kempton Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 9 Silviniaco Conti (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-10 N Fehily 7/2
SP 7/2 Always prominent, hard driven 3 after 3 out, led approaching last, stayed on strongly opened 4/1 £5000-£1000 £4500-£1000 £2250-£500
2nd 3 Cue Card C L Tizzard 7 11-10 J Tizzard 10/3j
SP 10/3j Led, hard driven when strongly challenged after 3 out, headed before last, kept on under pressure opened 7/2
3rd 11 1 Al Ferof (FR) P F Nicholls 8 11-10 D A Jacob 5/1
SP 5/1 Mid-division, jumped left in places, headway 5 out, chased leaders next, under pressure 3 out, soon rallied, stayed on to go 3rd approaching last, never able to challenge opened 4/1 £4000-£1000
4th 7 Mount Benbulben (IRE) G Elliott 8 11-10 D E Mullins 20/1
SP 20/1 Towards rear, not fluent 12th, headway 5 out, chasing leaders when slow next, ridden to challenge 2 out, weakening when left in 4th at last
5th 30 4 Dynaste (FR) D Pipe 7 11-10 T Scudamore 10/3j
SP 10/3j Mid-division, headway 12th, soon chasing leaders, hit 5 out, soon weakened opened 7/2
PU 6 Menorah (IRE) P J Hobbs 8 11-10 R Johnson 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in rear, mistake 8th, under pressure 5 out, soon no impression, behind when pulled up 3 out
UR 2 Champion Court (IRE) M Keighley 8 11-10 Ian Popham 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up in rear when blundered and unseated rider 5th
UR 5 Long Run (FR) N J Henderson 8 11-10 v1 Mr S Waley-Cohen 8/1
SP 8/1 Prominent, raced wide, mistake 12th, soon under pressure, blunderd 3 out, in 4th when blundered and unseated rider last
UR 8 Riverside Theatre N J Henderson 9 11-10 hb B J Geraghty 20/1
SP 20/1 Towards rear when blundered and unseated rider 5th

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £5.90 Tote Place £2.40 £1.10 £2.30 Straight Forecast £15.55 Exacta £17.10 Trifecta £68.50 Swingers 1&2 £3.00, 2&3 £2.90, 1&3 £3.50

Jackpot £26,939.88 carried forward to Kempton Park, 27th Dec
Placepot £2,951.60, Pool: £259645.6, 64.21 winning tickets
Quadpot £23.00, Pool: £19844.45, 635.86 winning tickets

Analysis

An eighth win in the race for Paul Nicholls whose confidence in SILVINIACO CONTI had been growing all week as the rain got into the ground. Nicholls had felt that Cue Card had got a soft lead when winning the Betfair Chase and Noel Fehily seemed keen to get as close to that rival as he could over the first five fences or so and it wasn't until they turned into the straight that Fehily was content to drop off the early gallop. Whether he's as fast as he used to be or not, Long Run had already been reined back off that early pace by Sam Waley-Cohen who had initially looked keen to try and get to the front before accepting defeat. Whether that made any difference to the end result or not is hard to gauge but Cue Card appeared to have seen off his rival until being swallowed up on the run to the last and perhaps those early fractions made a difference. This was only the second time that Colin Tizzard's charge had tackled heavy ground (his run in last year's renewal was the other) and it's possible that he isn't quite as effective a stayer under these conditions; certainly the defeat casts some doubt as to his ability to stay the extra distance of the Gold Cup but Cue Card is at the top of his game and the temptation to have a crack at the 'big one' will surely prove too much and the seven year old deserves to take his chance. The performance of Silviniaco Conti suggests that he certainly has the stamina for that test, something that was still open to debate after his fall three from home last March and he now, deservedly, heads the betting for that race. His trainer was adamant that he needed the run at Haydock and he duly reversed the form to gain a second Grade One success. He's a good traveller and an excellent, economical jumped of his fences and both traits must stand him in good stead in these staying chases and, like Cue Card, at the age of seven he could be approaching his peak. Nothing else got into the race with Dynaste, the horse that split the pair at Haydock, failing to reproduce that run. He was an impressive winner of the Feltham under similar conditions on this card 12 months ago so neither track nor ground can be to blame and a line can be put through this run. Al Ferof faced the toughest test of his short career and was not disgraced but, in truth, he never looked entirely happy and the suspicion remains that he's capable of better yet. He jumped out to his left and rather awkwardly at several fences early on and never looked to be going but he stuck to his task on his first attempt at this trip and claimed a distant third. Earlier in the season Nicholls had seemed less keen on the idea of a tilt at the Gold Cup than the grey's owner and, perhaps, the Ryanair Chase would be the better option at this stage of his career. Mount Benbulben has a serious engine but his propensity to take a fence or two with him has hampered his progress. He wasn't entirely fluent here but ran an excellent race and looks capable of winning another race at this level granted a clear round. Long Run went well enough for a long way in his new headgear but his fencing came increasingly ragged as he neared the end of his reserves and he unshipped his rider at the last. That doesn't bode too well for his chances of negotiating the Grand National fences but his rider has a good record over them and perhaps the pair will be able to get into a better rhythm at Aintree.