Altior and Cyrname headline King George contenders

Last year’s winner Clan Des Obeaux also among 37 possibles.

Altior , Cyrname  and last year's winner Clan Des Obeaux  are among 37 entries for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Altior parading on 13 Mar, 2019
Altior parading on 13 Mar, 2019 Picture: Pat Healy Photography

Unbeaten in 19 starts over jumps, the Nicky Henderson-trained Altior is the general 5-2 favourite for the traditional Boxing Day highlight, with the master of Seven Barrows having already confirmed the superstar will step up in distance this season.

Henderson has also entered the 2017 King George hero Might Bite and Santini, among others.

CYRNAME winning the Betfair Ascot Steeple Chase in Ascot, England.
CYRNAME winning the Betfair Ascot Steeple Chase in Ascot, England. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Clan Des Obeaux provided Paul Nicholls with a record 10th victory in the race 12 months ago – five of those triumphs provided by the legendary Kauto Star.

Clan Des Obeaux is on course to defend his crown following a pleasing return to action at Down Royal last weekend and could be joined by Cyrname – the highest-rated horse in training following his jaw-dropping display in the Ascot Chase in February.

CLAN DES OBEAUX winning the Betfair Denman Steeple Chase in Ascot, England.
CLAN DES OBEAUX winning the Betfair Denman Steeple Chase in Ascot, England. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Next in the betting is the Colin Tizzard-trained Lostintranslation, who could not have been more impressive on his seasonal reappearance at Carlisle last weekend.

Tizzard also has Elegant Escape, 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River and the 2016 King George winner Thistlecrack in the mix.

There is a strong Irish challenge, with champion trainer Willie Mullins entering nine horses. The Closutton squad include last season's Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, Chacun Pour Soi, Douvan and Min.

However, triple Grade One winner Kemboy is a notable absentee, with the ban on entries and declarations registered in the ownership of the Supreme Horse Racing Club still in place.

Other contenders include Noel Meade's Road To Respect, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai, Kim Bailey's Vinndication and Warren Greatrex's mare La Bague Au Roi.


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