King George Betting
Sunday, December 26th 2021 sees the next running of Kempton Park’s Boxing Day spectacular – the King George VI Chase.
This seminal three-mile chase is run at Grade 1 level and is seen as being second in importance only to the Gold Cup at Cheltenham for top-class staying chasers. Run every year on Boxing Day, the King George VI generates millions of pounds worth of bets with professional punters and casual bettors alike all getting involved.
Given that the race is run on Kempton’s flat and relatively sharp track, some speed is needed to get into a winning position here while stamina also comes to the fore at the end of what can be an energy-sapping event.
King George VI Chase Odds
As one of the top National Hunt races of the season, odds for the King George VI Chase at Kempton can be found year-round with all top bookmakers putting up ante post lists. No sooner has one King George been run than the next one is priced up.
Since the turn of the millennium there have been five multiple winners of the King George and that is a stat that is not lost on bookmakers. Many of those having run well in the 2020 event will be high up in the ante post betting for the 2021 renewal.
Previous dual winner Clan Des Obeaux and 2020’s surprise scorer Frodon will feature highly, while both are trained by Paul Nicholls who himself has won twelve of the last 24 King George VI Chases, including the last three, making any horse he enters one to keep an eye on.
Odds on the 2021 King George will change at various points throughout the year, such as after the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, after Aintree’s Grand National Festival, after the Punchestown Festival and when all the leading contenders make their seasonal debuts in the autumn.
Major events such as the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury later the same month will have an effect on the betting for this race, as more horses in this division announce themselves as potentially top-class performers.
King George VI Chase Runners
Down the years there have been many famous King George VI runners, with some of the best and most famous not even winning the race.
The brilliant Kauto Star won this race an incredible five times including winning four renewals in a row from 2006 to 2009, a run that led to star trainer Paul Nicholls landing ten of the last 15 runnings of this race.
As well as Kauto Star, Nicholls was responsible for dual winners Silviniaco Conti and Clan Des Obeaux, as well as 20-1 front-running crowd favourite Frodon who successfully stepped up in trip under Bryony Frost to land the 2020 race.
Once again on Boxing Day 2021, anything Paul Nicholls decides to run will get special attention from the betting public, while the likes of Champ, Santini and Lostintranslation may also feature highly.
King George VI Chase Tips
There will be plenty of King George VI Chase tips and predictions on offer as we get closer to the 2021 renewal, with many of them being solidified after we know the final line-up at Kempton.
Favourites have done well with 11 of the last 19 winning, though they include many multiple winners and superstars such as Kauto Star being successful so the market alone cannot tell us who to back. The 2020 winner, Frodon, in fact went off at 20/1!
As we’ve mentioned, anything Paul Nicholls decides to run should be taken seriously, while Nicky Henderson and Colin Tizzard have also won more than one recent King George renewal making them the trainers to concentrate on.
While those doing well in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham are likely to be favoured for this race, we should never lose sight of the fact that 3¼ miles around the New Course and three miles around Kempton are vastly different.
Those winning at Kempton itself, or at least on another flat track and preferably a sharp one can gain an advantage in the race.
King George VI Chase Betting Trends
While things can change in horse racing in the blink of an eye, we do have over 80 years of King George VI history to look at which can help give us a betting edge as we head towards Boxing Day.
Trends affecting the King George itself will often also affect the betting. For example, most recent King George VI winners had raced in the last five weeks, maintaining fitness, while 16 of the last 18 had won a Grade 1 chase in their career.
Here are more King George VI Chase trends.
Past King George VI Chase Winners
- 2020 – Frodon (20/1)
- 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)
*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.