The King George VI Chase is the biggest race of the busy Christmas season and the highlight of an action-packed Boxing Day programme of jumps fare.
The Kempton Park showpiece is due off at 2.30 on 26th December and amongst the key contenders is the defending champion Bravemansgame for Paul Nicholls, whose record tally of wins stand at 13.
Irish winners in the King George have been few and far between in recent times, but a two-pronged challenge from Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott looks to be on the cards this year.
Current Odds - 2/1
Dual winner of the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and he defied a mammoth 561-day absence to win a three-runner Grade 2 at Clonmel in his comeback last month for Willie Mullins.
Frontrunner who is a hard nut to crack and just keeps on going. He's unexposed at three-miles and dangerous to discount if allowed his own way in front in this for Ireland's champion trainer, who was winner of this contest in 2001 and 2021.
Current Odds - 9/4
Justified the long-held belief of his trainer Paul Nicholls that this race was tailor-made for him when scoring in convincing fashion 12 months ago.
A good second to Galopin Des Champs in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham afterwards and, like his conqueror there, he might have been over the top when beaten at Punchestown in April.
Final fence error was costly in the bet365 Charlie Hall at Wetherby on his comeback but, more worryingly, he had no answer to Royale Pagaille when beaten by more than six-lengths in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Coming back here should be a positive, but has something to prove right now.
Current Odds - 7/2
Comes here a fresh horse without a prep run, though that is largely his own doing, having refused to race at Ascot in their 1965 Chase last month. Planned pipe-openers at Newcastle (abandoned) and Sandown (ground too soft) since didn't materialise.
Does tend to go well fresh and his Aintree Grade 1 win in the spring gives real hope at this trip - assuming there are no shenanigans at the start.
Current Odds - 10/1
Impressive Cheltenham Festival winner last March when just about repelling Gerri Colombe after a fine front-running effort.
Rivals will be wise to that potential now and he was pulled up in last month's comeback in the Cotswolds in handicap company.
Connections are expectant that he will leave that run well behind, but, nevertheless, a career-best is going to be demanded.
Current Odds - 11/1
Still appeared to be going with plenty of enthusiasm when he fell in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March and bounced right back to win the Grade 2 bet365 Oaksey Chase at Sandown the following month.
Well held in the Galway Plate off a mark of 167 on his only appearance since.
Current Odds - 33/1
Shock winner of this race in 2020, seeing off a quality field with a gutsy effort in front under regular ally Bryony Frost.
A winning comeback last season remains his most recent success and, now 11, he is set to retire at the end of the season.
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