King George VI Chase Odds: Big guns set to do battle in Christmas cracker

Clan Des Obeaux is set to bid for a third King George win on December 26.
Clan Des Obeaux is set to bid for a third King George win on December 26.

Dual King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux remains one of 25 horses left in the Kempton Park showpiece following Monday's latest scratchings stage, and the Boxing Day thriller is set to be a real scorching contest with a strong Irish contingent still entered for the race.

A clear 11/4 favourite for the race, at the time of writing, Clan Des Obeaux is destined to have another crack at the festive feature, where he could be joined by last year's winner and stablemate Frodon, who is another of the Paul Nicholls-trained runners entered for the race. An 11/2 chance for the race, Frodon was a revelation in the contest 12 months ago, and he's likely to be reacquainted with regular rider Bryony Frost, and the pair are sure to put up a bold effort.

A classy winner of the Marsh Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Fesitval in March, Nicky Henderson's Chantry House will be looking to make waves outside of the novice division this season, and the Seven Barrows inmate is a best-priced 6/1 chance at the moment.

While there are some classy British-trained raiders entered for the race there's a whole plethora of top-class Irish-trained runners in the list of 25 runners, and if some of the premier chasers from the Emerald Isle take their chance then they have to be respected.

The first eye-catching Irish raider is the reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo, who is a 5/1 second favourite at the moment, and Henry De Bromhead's class act is sure to play a notable role, if making the trip over. A faller in the aforementioned Marsh Novices' Chase, Envoi Allen is aiming to return to the big time and is another De Bromhead entry that has to be respected, and is a 9/1 chance.

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Willie Mullins last trained the winner of the King George back in 2001 (Florida Pearl) and the master of Co. Carlow has seven of the 25 entries, with former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo among the septet. As big as 20/1 for the Kempton Park Christmas cracker, Al Boum Photo lost his Gold Cup crown in March, but is sure to be targeted at the race once again.

Allaho is the shortest-priced Mullins-trained runner in the line-up, as he is an 8/1 chance, while others from the Closutton yard that could feature include Asterion Forlonge and Kemboy, who are 25/1 and 33/1, respectively.

A 15-length winner of the Clonmel Oil Chase last month, Joseph O'Brien's Fakir D'Oudairies is one that could slip under the radar and at 14/1 is an eye-catching entry, while fresh from a fine win in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase the Colin Tizzard-trained Lostintranslation (16/1) could step back up in trip to try and land this Grade 1 prize.

Others that add yet more depth to the race include the Venetia Williams-trained Royale Pagaille (16/1) and Fusil Raffles, who could be another shot fired by the Henderson gun in what should be a fabulous contest and vital Cheltenham Gold Cup trial on December 26.

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