The King George VI Chase is one of the oldest and most prestigious events of the racing calendar, but who is the favourite for this years?
Referred to as one of the biggest races of the year, the King George VI Chase takes place on Boxing Day each year at Kempton. The National Hunt Steeplechase is for horses aged four years or above and is run over three miles.
First run back in 1937 it was won by Southern Hero. At the age of 12, he still holds the record for the oldest ever winner. Since then some of the biggest names in the sport have won the race.
The famous Kauto Star won this race five-times between 2006-2011. Gold Cup winner, Silver Buck has also won the race, back in 1979/80. The 2019, and current winner, is Clan Des Obeaux, who also won it in 2018.
In terms of jockeys and trainers, they don’t get better than Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls. Walsh rode Kauto Star on all five of his winners, whilst Nicholls has trained a staggering 11 winners, including Kauto Star and Clan Des Obeaux.
If Clan Des Obeaux wins again in 2020, he would become only the third horse to win the race three consecutive times, along with Kauto Star and Desert Orchid. Even though the race is still months away, now could be the perfect time to get the best odds!
2020 King George VI Chase Odds
It’s the perfect tonic over the Christmas break and racing on Boxing Day is hugely popular. So who will be looking at for the big race in 2020? Bookmakers are currently offering odds on some of the hot favourites. All the odds are ante-post so if you back a horse now and it doesn’t run you risk losing your money.
Clan Des Obeaux – 5/1
This year’s favourite is last years champion and two-time winner Clan Des Obeaux. The horse, trained by Paul Nicholls, beat the 5/4 favourite Cyrname in 2019 by a staggering 21 lengths! Since then, he raced at the Cheltenham Festival, in the Gold Cup but finished a disappointing eighth.
However, at just eight years old, Clan Des Obeaux will still be in with a good chance this year. In the last five races horses aged eight or above have won three of them, the other two were won by Clan Des Obeaux aged six and seven.
Champ – 8/1
The eight-year-old has shortened in the odds ever since his impressive win at Cheltenham 2020 in the RSA Chase. He seemed to be out of the race with the final half a furlong to go, but one big push saw him get past Minella Indo and Allaho to win by just one length.
Champ has never raced in the King George VI before and has only raced at Kempton once back in 2017. He came second in that race. However, with the team of Barry Geraghty and Nicky Henderson helping Champ, he will have every chance to win this huge race on Boxing Day.
Lostintranslation – 8/1
The second favourite for the race last year was Lostintranslation at 15/8. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it all the way around and with three to go pulled up due to a breathing problem. This was the eight-year-olds debut in the King George VI and hopes were high for the Colin Tizzard trained chaser.
Since then, Robbie Power has ridden him at the Cheltenham Festival. They were narrowly beaten in the Gold Cup by Al Boum Photo, who won by a length and a half. This was a good race from Lostintranslation who will be confident over two furlongs shorter in December.
Santini – 8/1
The eight-year-old missed last year’s King George due to wind surgery. He raced at Kempton the year before on Boxing Day but in a different race where he finished just two lengths behind La Bague Au Roi.
Since then he has undergone wind surgery and has raced twice at Cheltenham. He won in January and then came second in the Gold Cup. This will make for an interesting King George should both Santini and Lostintranslation race in it after the two were so closely matched in this year’s Gold Cup.
Allaho – 12/1
At just six years of age, Allaho is fairly inexperienced with just eight race starts in total. Allaho has never raced at Kempton before but has shown good form over three miles in the past.
Most recently, he raced in the RSA Insurances Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, where Champ heroically came back to win. This will all be solid experience for the horse who will be a serious contender for a big win on Boxing Day.
Obviously, the King George VI Chase is a still a fair bit of time away and odds can change. Betfair has odds available on other horses if you feel someone else could be in with an outside chance. Be sure to check their odds for any changes between now and Boxing Day.