King George VI Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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Contested over a distance of 3m is the King George VI Chase which is scheduled to take place at Kempton. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the King George VI Chase.

King George VI Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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2024 King George VI Chase Preview

Boxing Day is a racing spectacular with numerous meetings but the one race everyone looks out for is the top class, King George VI Chase! A race that is rich in the history of top-class winners, Kauto Star won the race five times, Desert Orchid won the race three times and other class winners like Best Mate, Kicking King and Long Run.

This is a Grade 1 Chase which is run over three miles at this right-handed Kempton track and only the Cheltenham Gold Cup is more prestigious than the King George VI Chase.

King George VI Chase Information:

If you are interested in other predictions at Kempton then head over to the Kempton tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Kempton Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the King George VI Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2023 when the race had an over-round of 110%. The race in 2009 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 121%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the King George VI Chase, the over-round has been 116%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £116 which is bet.

King George VI Chase Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the King George VI Chase next time out then you would have backed a total of 6 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -2.77. Before placing your bet on the 2024 King George VI Chase see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 5:53.50 was set by Thistlecrack in 2016, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Tom Scudamore. The slowest winning time was set in 2012 when Long Run won in a time of 6:28.70, booked to ride was Mr Sam Waley-Cohen on this Nicky Henderson trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run King George VI Chase over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Thistlecrack (5:53.50) in 2016
  2. Kicking King (5:54.20) in 2004
  3. Hewick (5:55.75) in 2023

King George VI Chase Past Winners

Here are the King George VI Chase past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the King George VI Chase as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2023
5:55.75
Hewick (IRE)
8yo 11-10 12/1
Gavin Sheehan
John Joseph Hanlon (IRE)
2022
5:58.35
Bravemansgame (FR)
7yo 11-10 11/4
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2021
6:15.50
Tornado Flyer (IRE)
8yo 11-10 28/1
Danny Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
2020
6:01.30
Frodon (FR)
8yo 11-10 20/1
Bryony Frost
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2019
6:10.13
Clan Des Obeaux (FR)
7yo 11-10 11/2
Sam Twiston-Davies
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2018
5:59.60
Clan Des Obeaux (FR)
6yo 11-10 12/1
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2017
6:06.60
Might Bite (IRE)
8yo 11-10 6/4F
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2016
5:53.50
Thistlecrack (GB)
8yo 11-10 11/10F
Tom Scudamore
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2015
6:03.50
Cue Card (GB)
9yo 11-10 9/2
Paddy Brennan
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2014
6:03.30
Silviniaco Conti (FR)
8yo 11-10 15/8F
Noel Fehily
Paul Nicholls (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the King George VI Chase have been based:

  • GB: 16 winners with an additional 34 placings from 156 runners
  • IRE: 4 winners with an additional 1 placing from 17 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners

King George VI Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the King George VI Chase over the last 20 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has won the race eleven times with those eleven winners coming from Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011), Silviniaco Conti (2013 & 2014), Clan Des Obeaux (2018 & 2019), Frodon (2020) and Bravemansgame (2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the King George VI Chase are Nicky Henderson (3 wins) and T J Taaffe (2 wins). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the King George VI Chase, David Pipe has sent a total of 13 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top King George VI Chase trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Paul Nicholls36-11-21+26.45+18.07
Nicky Henderson19-3-6-8.12-7.25
T J Taaffe2-2-2+4.38+2.63
W P Mullins7-1-2+22.00+11.60
John Joseph Hanlon1-1-1+12.00+7.50
David Pipe13-0-4-13.00-7.10
Philip Hobbs8-0-2-8.00-3.20
Nigel Twiston-Davies8-0-0-8.00-8.00
Tom George7-0-1-7.00-1.50
Jonjo O'Neill6-0-2-6.00-1.60

King George VI Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the King George VI Chase over the last 20 renewals is Harry Cobden who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Clan Des Obeaux (2018) and Bravemansgame (2022).

Here are some of the top King George VI Chase jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Harry Cobden6-2-5+10.75+7.14
Sam Twiston-Davies6-1-3+0.50+0.35
Paddy Brennan6-1-2-0.50-1.64
Nico de Boinville5-1-1-2.50-3.10
Bryony Frost4-1-2+17.00+11.30
Gavin Sheehan3-1-2+10.00+8.50
Danny Mullins2-1-1+27.00+15.80
Daryl Jacob7-0-1-7.00-6.00
Graham Lee3-0-0-3.00-3.00
Brian Hughes2-0-1-2.00-0.30

King George VI Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +31.17 is when runners ran on Soft ground last time out. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had a biggest odds placed of 14/1, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-23.

The course which has produced the most winners of the King George VI Chase is Haydock, there has been a total number of 10 winners of this race who ran at Haydock last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 174 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 1 runner.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the King George VI Chase:

  • Village Star (5 Wins)
  • Cadoudal (2 Wins)
  • Dom Alco (2 Wins)
  • Kapgarde (2 Wins)
  • Old Vic (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Tornado Flyer in 2021, winning for W P Mullins at odds of 28/1 under the guidance of Danny Mullins. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 10 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2024 King George VI Chase why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

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Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this King George VI Chase Preview, Tips, Runners and Trends are at hand, Darren and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.

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