Our tipster has looked at the feature race on Boxing Day, the King George VI Chase. Find out why he fancies Clan Des Obeaux to win the Grade 1 contest for the third straight year. Paul Nicholls’ charge tops the betting ahead of Cyrname and Santini for what should be one of the best races of the year.
Kempton, Boxing Day 3.00 – King George 2020 odds
- Clan Des Obeaux — 2/1
- Cyrname — 11/4
- Santini — 6/1
- Lostintranslation — 7/1
- Real Steel — 14/1
- Saint Calvados — 14/1
- Waiting Patiently — 14/1
- Frodon — 22/1
- Black Op — 90/1
Odds are courtesy of Paddy Power, correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
King George betting tips 2020
Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change
Clan Des Obeaux can join Kempton greats
Only three horses in history have won the King George VI Chase three times or more and all of them – Wayward Lad, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star – can be considered genuine greats.
Clan Des Obeaux could join that club by claiming his third straight victory in the contest in 2020. Paul Nicholls’ eight-year-old heads the nine-runner field for the biggest three-mile chase of the season.
Form at Kempton counts for so much in the King George and that is why Clan Des Obeaux gets the nod over Cyrname, his stablemate and biggest rival in the market. The two finished first and second in 2019, but Cyrname was 21 lengths behind the defending champions at the line.
Form is temporary, class is permanent
Those associated with Clan Des Obeaux will have been very disappointed with his appearance in the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in March, when he had to settle for eighth place of the 12 runners, a long way behind Al Boum Photo.
Cheltenham may never be a track to which Clan Des Obeaux takes. Desert Orchid, a horse he is looking to emulate this year, with a hat-trick of King George wins, was never at his best at Prestbury Park, although his class ensured he still won the Festival’s biggest prize in 1989.
Clan Des Obeaux made a pleasing return to action in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month. He finished two lengths behind Bristol De Mai in what was a strong renewal of the Grade 1 contest. Nicholls will have had the King George in mind, so expect him to be fitter and sharper this time.
Lostintranslation the one to watch
Lostintranslation went into last year’s King George with strong claims. In his first season outside of novice company, he was expected to be a strong challenger to the leading horses in the division. Sadly for his connections, it did not go to plan and Robbie Power pulled him up three from home.
Trainer Colin Tizzard reported after the race in 2019 that Lostintranslation was suffering with breathing problems. He was given a wind operation and on the evidence of his run in the Gold Cup, when he was an excellent close third behind Al Boum Photo and Santini, that seems to have worked.
Lostintranslation is a talented horse who we may not have seen the best of yet. He is going off at much bigger odds this year so he represents good each-way value in the race. This is largely down to his disappointing run at Haydock last time when he went off 7/4 favourite for the Betfair Chase but was well below his best and finished third.
If you can forgive that outing last month, he should be considered as a big player for this race along with the three horses at the top of the betting.
King George VI Chase
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