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Who Will Win the 2021 King George Chase?

Date: 9/29/2021

The King George Chase is a Christmas staple in many households around the UK and indeed the whole equestrian world, as some of the planet’s best steeplechasers converge on Kempton Race Course, on Boxing Day, for a jumps race that is second only to Cheltenham when it comes to prestige and standing.

Here we give an early doors breakdown of which horses could be the ones to look out for, enabling sports bettors to jump on long odds which could shorten drastically the closer it gets to race day. Which horse will you be cheering home as you tuck into turkey sandwiches?

Racing at Christmas time in the UK can be fraught with challenges such as harsh weather conditions and plummeting temperatures

Envoi Allen – Will He Be the Same After Surgery?

This horse went into the Cheltenham Festival unbeaten from 11 starts and only an unfortunate fall stood between him and those punters who backed him with online sportsbook free bets from romping home to another victory. He underwent surgery earlier in the year, something which has made betting tipsters weary of backing him too heavily for the rest of the year, but there is no doubt that he will still line up as one of the horses to beat at the King George Chase in late December. Once keen racing fans have perused the free bets available via this Caesars sportsbook review, they will see that there are far worse wagers to be made than taking the 12/1 odds being offered in some quarters. Very few outsiders win the King George, so this favorite should be seriously considered.

Al Boum Photo – A Horse Fit for a King

Few geldings have ever had the sort of success over the jumps as Al Boum Photo has enjoyed in recent years, capturing the Cheltenham Gold Cup in successive years, 2019 thru 2020. When it comes to knowing how to close out a race there are few better than this horse trained by Willie Mullins. These days he is seen as a slight outsider whose odds of 16/1 should probably be snaffled up by anyone looking for a bargain.

Competition for the King George Chase is fierce with some of the best trainers and owners in the business looking to get their hands on the coveted title right before New Year

Monkfish – Off the Menu

All the odds of top favorites like Al Boum Photo and Envoi Allen have been given something of a boost of late, thanks to the news that Monkfish will be out of action for a while due to a pesky tendon issue. Apparently, Monkfish may not even be in the running for the 2022 Gold Cup, so there really is no chance of him being back in time for the King George.

A Plus Tard – An Each Way Cert

If he runs, then A Plus Tard can usually be counted on for at least a podium finish. This is evidenced by stats that show he has made the podium in every race he has run since April 2018. Of course, this does not mean he is unbeatable, but that he is at least one of the most consistent performers in the field. The horse has an excellent understanding with Rachael Blackmore, who can be counted on to bring home the bacon if he shows he has the legs for a cold Boxing Day burn out.

Melon – Could Ripen Just in Time

This W.P. Mullins trained horse has had an up and down career, often losing out when up against elite competition. He was worryingly pulled up at the Punchestown Gold Cup back in April and that could signal that he is no longer the horse he once was. However, Mullins appears to be keeping the faith with Melon, who is still fancied to deliver a slice or two of glory before his racing days are done. His lengthening odds could well tempt some punters to back him one more time.

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