King George Betting

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The 2020 King George VI Chase is set to be run on Saturday 26th December. The King George VI Chase Betting is always a highlight for horse racing fans each Christmas as the ‘once-a-year punters’ come out of the woodwork to try and get their festive periods paid for.

Run each season on Boxing Day, the King George VI Chase is staged at Kempton Park racecourse and is run over a trip of 3 miles.

A combination of stamina and a fair degree of speed are key as this race is often run at a fair pace, but having the ability to last the 3m trip is always essential.

King George VI Chase Odds

You can expect to see the King George VI Chase odds from most of the leading bookmakers all-year-round.

With the King George VI Chase betting odds often priced up for the following year as soon as that year’s King George VI Chase at Kempton has been run.

Previous King George winners will always figure high up the betting markets for the next running – 8 of the last 18 King George VI Chases have been won by previous winners of the contest. And this was again the case in 2019 when the Paul Nicholls-trained Clan Des Obeaux landed his second King George VI Chase in as many seasons and is sure to be back for more in the 2020 King George VI Chase as he’s still only an 8 year-old by the time he’ll run in the race in 2020.

If Clan Des Obeaux wins the 2020 King George VI Chase o Boxing Day he’ll be the first horse since Kauto Star to win the race threes in a row, and also follow in the hoof prints with the likes of Desert Orchid and Wayward Lad as three-time winners of the King George VI Chase.

Other notably races that can often impact the King George VI odds are the Betfair Chase, run in November at Haydock and the Ladbrokes Trophy, which is staged at Newbury towards the end of November. Horses that do well in these races can often be targeted at the King George VI and, their King George odds can also reflect how well they’ve run in those earlier season events.

King George VI Chase Runners

Over the years there have been many well-known King George VI Chase runners in the race. With seasonal horse racing fans betting on the King George Chase as part of their Christmas rituals, past King George VI Chase winners will always be remembered from previous runnings.

During 2006 and 2011 the popular Paul Nicholls-trained Kauto Star was the King George VI Chase winner five times and, as a result, figured prominently in the betting markets over that period.

The 2018 King George VI Chase winner was another Paul Nicholls runner – Clan Des Obeaux – while the Nicholls yard have won the King George VI Chase a record-breaking 10 times.

Therefore, anything the Paul Nicholls stable runs is often seen as a popular King George VI Chase tip ahead of the race.

Other possible runners in the 2020 King George VI Chase are Cyrname, who was runner-up in 2019, while Lostintranslation, Champ and Santini are other up-and-coming staying chasers that could head to the Boxing Day race at Kempton Park.

Kempton Park Racecourse. Photo Credit: Carine06 / Flickr / CC-BY-SA 2.0

King George VI Chase Tips

There will be many King George VI Chase tips and predictions in the build-up to the race, while it’s always worth looking at the runners in the betting just before the race.

This is because there’s been 11 winning King George VI Chase favourites in the last 18 renewals, so the King George Chase is often a race that punters have triumphed over the bookmakers in recent times.

These King George Chase trends can often impact the King George VI Chase odds too. For example, 16 of the last 18 King George VI Chase winners ran in the last 5 weeks, while 16 of the last 18 winners had won a Grade One Chase in the past and had also finished in the top three in their most recent race.

King George VI Chase Betting Trends

With many years of King George VI Chase history, there are a lot of trends and stats that can help you find the winner of the Kempton Park Boxing Day race.

These King George Chase trends can often impact the King George VI Chase odds too. For example, 16 of the last King George VI Chase winners ran in the last 5 weeks, while 15 of the last 17 winners had won a Grade One Chase in the past and had also finished in the top three in their most recent race.

You can see below a list of the best trends.

Past King George VI Chase Winners

  • 2019 – Clan Des Obeaux (11/2)
  • 2018 – Clan Des Obeaux (12/1)
  • 2017 – Might Bite (6/4 fav)
  • 2016 – Thistlecrack (11/10 fav)
  • 2015 – Cue Card (9/2)
  • 2014 – Silviniaco Conti (15/8 fav)
  • 2013 – Silviniaco Conti (7/2)
  • 2012 – Long Run (15/8 fav)
  • 2011 – Kauto Star (3/1)
  • 2010 – Long Run (9/2)
  • 2009 – Kauto Star (8/13 fav)
  • 2008 – Kauto Star (10/11 fav)
  • 2007 – Kauto Star (4/6 fav)
  • 2006 – Kauto Star (8/13 fav)
  • 2005 – Kicking King (11/8 fav)
  • 2004 – Kicking King (3/1 fav)
  • 2003 – Edredon Bleu (25/1)
  • 2002 – Best Mate (11/8 fav)
  • Note: The 2005 renewal was staged at Sandown Park

King George VI Chase Trends

Based on the past 18 years of this race, we’ve narrowed down the most prominent betting trends you could consider when placing your bets in 2021:

  • 16/18 – Had raced within the last 5 weeks
  • 16/18 – Had won a Grade One chase before
  • 15/18 – Returned 9/2 or shorter in the betting
  • 16/18 – Finished in the top three last time out
  • 16/18 – French (12) or Irish bred (4)
  • 15/18 – Placed favourites
  • 15/18 – Had won over 3m or further (fences) before
  • 14/18 – Officially rated 169 or higher
  • 14/18 – Aged 8 or younger
  • 11/18 – Winning favourites
  • 11/18 – Won last time out
  • 11/18 – Had won a race over fences at Kempton before
  • 10/18 – Ran in the Betfair Chase (Haydock) last time out
  • 10/18 – Aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 9/18 – Trained by Paul Nicholls (10 times in all)
  • 8/18 – Won by a previous winner of the race
  • 2/18 – Won by an Irish-based yard (only 3 in the last 34 runnings)
  • Colin Tizzard and Nicky Henderson have trained 5 of the last 9 winners (2 Tizzard, 3 Henderson)
  • The average winning SP in the last 17 years is 4/1

King George VI Chase Bookmakers

King George VI Chase betting will hot-up on the day of the race, but it’s always worth checking out any King George VI Chase bookmaker offers too.

Leading bookmaker 32Red are the current King George VI Chase bookmaker sponsor so there is every chance they will have some key offers to attract customers.

Other betting offers that often pop-up are refunds if your horse falls or unseats, while some bookmakers may offer enhanced odds or place terms.

King George VI Chase History

The Ladbrokes Christmas Festival is always staged over two days – 26th and 27th December – and way from the feature race – the King George VI Chase – there are other decent supporting races to note – Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase and the Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase.

The King George VI Chase was first run back in 1937, and originally staged in February. The King George VI Chase got it’s name in honour of the new British monarch at the time. The first ever King George VI Chase winner was a horse called Southern Hero.

The King George VI Chase was then moved to Boxing Day in 1947 and remained on that day ever since.

Popular grey horse – Desert Orchid – was the King George VI Chase winner four times between 1986 and 1990, while other multiple winners of the King George VI Chase in recent times have been Wayward Lad, The Fellow, Best Mate, One Man, See More Business, Kicking King, Kauto Star, Long Run, Silviniaco Conti and the winner of the race for the last two season’s Clan Des Obeaux.

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