King George VI Chase Betting and Odds Preview
The King George VI steeplechase is a Grade I National Hunt event run at Kempton Park in Sunbury, England. It’s an annual event on the National Hunt calendar which takes place on 26 December each year and is open to horses over the age of 4. The steeplechase has 18 fences to be jumped and is run over a distance of 4,828 metres. The race is also a part of the 32Red Winter Festival and draws thousands of punters and visitors each year.
The race started in 1937, with only 2 races being held before World War II. At the time, the racecourse was closed and used as a prisoner-of-war camp. Each of the two races features only 4 horses, and the event was named after the King of the United Kingdom at the time George VI, also known as the Last Emperor of India.
After World War II ended, the race returned on the National Hunt calendar in 1947, this time with a new date – Boxing Day. During the 1960s, the race was a handicap, a rule which was later reverted to the original one. The first winner, Southern Hero, is also the oldest winner of the King George VI Chase. Throughout history, fourteen horses have won the steeplechase more than once, with Kauto Star being the most successful horse with 5 wins. Right behind this brilliant racehorse is Desert Orchid with 4 wins, with many other horses winning it a pair of times. Kauto’s Irish jockey Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey in the King George VI Chase with 5 wins.
The King George VI steeplechase is the second most prestigious National Hunt event in England, with only the Cheltenham Gold Cup sitting above it. With a prize purse of £225,000 (£128,138 for the winner), it’s not one of the richest races, although that’s not a bad sum to be won. Last year, Might Bite won the race and he’s the biggest favourite for this year’s King George VI Chase again.
Can Might Bite Win Twice in a Row?
Might Bite won the 2017 edition of the King George VI Chase and he’s the bookie favourite this time around as well. The horse is in great form and his trainer Nicky Henderson has a great track record at the steeplechase, which is why Might Bite is the frontrunner. After winning the King George VI Chase last year, experts were certain that the horse can dominate the event for the next couple of years and this is reflected in this year’s odds.
The nine-year-old horse finished second in the Gold Cup this year, which gives experts credible hopes that he can win the King George VI Chase and bookies agree with this view. Might Bite leads the pack with odds of 2/1 at Fun88, Ole777, BetVision, and BetEast, full-steam ahead of other favourites such as Waiting Patiently, Native River, and Footpad.
If you’ve been planning to wager on the race, Might Bite’s odds look enticing enough. At 2/1, you will triple your investment, which is a nice return if you ask us. Many horses have won the race in consecutive years and maybe that tradition will continue this year as well. If it does and you place a nice wager on him, you could be looking at a nice return.
Can Waiting Patiently Return from Injury in Triumphant Fashion?
After winning the Ascot Chase earlier this year, Waiting Patiently season has been plagued by injuries. Trainer Ruth Jefferson has made this year’s King George VI Chase a realistic long-term objective for this great racehorse. If it wasn’t for Might Bite, Waiting Patiently would probably have been the top favourite for this year’s race, which is an opinion many experts share.
Still, injuries have taken a toll on the horse’s odds, with Waiting Patiently’s available at 13/2 at Ole777, Fun88, BetEast, and BetVision. This is far from Might Bite’s odds, but considering the quality of the racehorse, he might be a great punt. The horse is patiently waiting for his chance to shine, and bookies agree that his chances of winning the King George VI Chase are good if not great. If you wager reasonable money on Waiting Patiently, you could be looking at a major payout, so fingers crossed that this racehorse’s return from injury is a triumphant one.
Can Native River Beat Might Bite Once Again?
Native River is quite an interesting punt for this year’s King George VI Chase. The Irish-bred thoroughbred racehorse trained by Colin Tizzard surprised favourites by winning the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup in March 2018, reinforcing his position as one of the best steeplechasers at the moment. Native River’s impressive resume features wins at the Hennessy Gold Cup, the Denman Chase, and the Welsh Grand National, which speak volumes of his quality.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup win proved many doubters wrong and put Native River among the few leading favourites for the King George VI Chase scheduled for Boxing Day. The Irish-bred racehorse is currently available at 7/1 at BetEast, BetVision, Fun88, and Ole777, which means he’s right behind Waiting Patiently and seemingly a long way from the top where Might Bite reigns supreme.
Still, Native River beat the King George VI Chase leading favourite this year, and experts think that he might end up doing it again. If you believe so as well, the odds look very enticing. Place a nice wager on Native River and you may win thousands if the Irish horse ends up winning the steeplechase.
Footpad – This Year’s Dark Horse?
Footpad finished last term in impressive fashion, going unbeaten in 5 starts and winning one Grade I race in the process. The six-year-old is not among the top 3 favourites for the King George VI Chase, but many experts fully expect the Irish racehorse to attack the top spot. With pretty high odds, he’s definitely an interesting option for punters.
BetVision, BetEast, Fun88, and Ole777 all give Footpad the same odds of 8/1, putting him right behind Native River. Footpad’s last term gave experts many reasons to put him in the group of favourites for this year’s King George VI Chase, which is why you should keep him in mind. The racehorse has a lot of potential, and with a little bit of luck, he may end up at the top spot on Boxing Day, bringing you an overdue, but nice Christmas present.