The build-up to the 2021 renewal of the King George has already begun, with Clan Des Obeaux (6/1) holding favouritism once again for the Grade 1 showpiece at Kempton.
Paul Nicholls’ talent holds a glistening record in the contest, winning his first two starts in the race in 2018 and 2019 before finishing third in last year’s running.
The nine-year-old looked incredibly sharp on his latest outing, bolting up to win the Betway Bowl at the Grand National Festival, seeing off his closest rival by 26 lengths.
Nicholls has suggested that the gelding could either go for the bet365 Gold Cup or be supplemented for the Punchestown Gold Cup, which will see Clan Des Obeaux’s price shortened should he win either of those contests.
Allaho (8/1) could be targeted for this contest next season after making impressive progress this term.
The seven-year-old finally delivered on the promise he had previously shown, landing a maiden Graded success in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles in January.
Willie Mullins’ youngster made further progress at the Cheltenham Festival as he landed the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase with ease, running clear to win by 12 lengths.
Envoi Allen (10/1) is now under the guidance of Henry De Bromhead and the National Hunt poster boy will need to put his crashing fall in the Marsh Novices’ Chase behind him.
Chantry House (10/1) went on to win that contest and has more to prove when stepping out of novice company next season, while stablemate Champ (20/1) will need a revive in form after being pulled up in the Gold Cup.
Last year’s winner Frodon (12/1) is likely to target this contest once again, while future prospect Monkfish (14/1) is one to watch in the upcoming season after making an unbeaten start to life over fences.
A Plus Tard (16/1) has made a prominent rise in the chasing sphere, while Protektorat (20/1) and Espoir De Romay (20/1) showed their potential at Aintree earlier in the month.
The 2021 renewal of the King George VI Chase is certainly one to look forward to.