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2021 KING GEORGE VI CHASE: Antepost Look Ahead

A preview to the King George that takes place over the sticks at Kempton Park on Boxing Day

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2F3YP2G Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning the Ryanair Chase on Allaho during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Thursday March 18, 2021.

With the flat renewal taking place at Ascot on Saturday, what better excuse for National Hunt fans to take an early look ahead to this season’s King George VI Chase at Kempton Park this December?

Names such as Love, Adayar and Lone Eagle will take precedent for the racing public this Saturday but jumps followers would rather refer back to Frodon‘s remarkable Boxing Day victory eight months ago under Bryony Frost.

WATCH: FRODON WINS THE KING GEORGE VI CHASE AT KEMPTON PARK [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Paul Nicholls, though, who had the former Ryanair winner to thank for a 12th win in the contest, is represented by another Ditcheat contender at the top of the market in the form of two-time winner, Clan Des Obeaux.

Clan Des Obeaux ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies after winning the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase during day one of the Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Clan Des Obeaux is a duel winner of the King George, taking the race in 2018 and 2019, respectively

The duel successor finished third in his bid for a hat-trick last campaign but went onto record Grade 1 wins at Aintree and Punchestown to cap off a superb spring.

He is followed in the market by potential Irish raider Allaho, who stole Cheltenham Festival credentials in March before a tilt at two miles on his next appearance.

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins could side with Kempton over Leopardstown for Allaho later this year

Willie Mullins has not won the race since 2001, but bookmakers are erring on the side of the caution with his charge who battered the field at Prestbury Park four months ago and is likely to stay the trip at this track.

Gold Cup hero Minella Indo shares a general 10-1 price with Nicky Henderson’s Chantry House, despite that one only just about to enter open company when he next reappears.

WATCH: WILL MINELLA INDO ADD A KING GEORGE TO HIS CV AFTER SUCCESS IN THE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP? [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Seven Barrows took this event three times last decade and their JP McManus hopeful could have a live chance on the basis of his novice form, winning the Marsh before easily winning the Mildmay on Merseyside when upped to three-miles for the first time.

The aforementioned’s stable-mate A Plus Tard, who confirmed trainer Henry de Bromhead would secure a 1-2 in National Hunt’s blue-ribbon event, is as big as 16-1 to show up at Sunbury-on-Thames after Christmas.

Rachael Blackmore, who steered Allaho to victory in Gloucestershire, could be tasked with a decision between County Waterford pair Minella Indo and A Plus Tard in the King George

He sits just ahead of the reigning champion, who is respected on a potential reappearance in the race and holds a solid Kempton Park record, last seen winning across the county of Surrey at Sandown to award connections a 17th career victory.

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