Horse Racing

Who’s Running in the King George VI Chase 2019?

As the King George VI Chase will be the highlight of some peoples Boxing Day in 2019, we’re going to run you through the main contenders for this year’s race and reveal where you can watch the race.

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Taking a look at the latest odds over the last few weeks, we can see that last years winner, Might Bite is standing his ground and has remain the bookies favourite to win the race for a second consecutive year.

11 horses are still in the running to compete in the race after the brilliant Champion Chase hero Altior has been taken out.

Might Bite is the 2019 Favourite

At the time of writing Nicky Henderson’s charge is the favourite to win the Boxing Day showpiece. The chaser was soundly beaten at Haydock but despite running a disappointing race during the Betfair Chase, Nicky Henderson hasn’t yet lost the faith and he is still the odds on favourite.

Never heard of Might Bite? Here is a bit of information on him:

  • He won the 2018 King George VI Chase
  • He is a nine-year-old thoroughbred racehorse.
  • He won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham by a nose in a dramatic finish at the Festival in 2017
  • In 2018 he finished second in the Gold Cup.
  • He won the Betway Bowl at the Aintree Festival
  • He failed to win the Betfair Chase – often seen as a trial for this race.
  • His trainer Henderson has won many of the Grade 1 prizes on offer over the jumps and is widely regarded as one of the best trainers around.

The other Runners

Might Bite is set to renew a rivalry with Bristol DE Mai who won the Betfair Chase twice along with runner up at Haydock Park last month and last seasons Cheltenham Cup winner Native River.

The 2016 King George winner Thistlecrack, who came third in the Betfair Chase will be running.

Ruth Jefferson’s stable star Waiting Patiently is one of the bookies favourite to make a real attempt at the title.

Politologue and and Clan Des Obeaux, both trained by Paul Nicholls will be racing. Nicholls’ has had a record nine previous winners of the King George – including the awesome five-times victor Kauto Star. Politologue and Clas Des Obeaux are set to fire a twin assault at this year’s renewal with. It will be Politologue’s first time trying the three miles. He is one of the bookie favourites at this stage.

Jane Williams-trained Tea For Two is at the bottom of the odds list. Favouring slightly better are Tom George’s last year’s runner up Double Shuffle and Mark Bradstock’s 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree.

Gordon Elliott’s mare Shattered Love is also in the remaining pack – the last Irish trained winner was Kicking King in 2005.

11 remaining entries:

Might Bite
Bristol De Mai
Native River
Waiting Patiently
Clan Des Obeaux
Double Shuffle
Shattered Love
Tea For Two

Where to Watch the Big Race

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