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The King George VI Chase at Kempton has not been a very lucky one for Irish runners over the past decade. Even when the Irishman won last year, most of us supported the other leading candidates.
A day after the all-expenses-paid Christmas holiday, a shocker triumphed in Kempton. Tornado Flyer Minella was a 28/1 winner, beating Irish runners such as Indo and Asterion Forlonge. Neither of those competitors finished the race, and after an early mistake, it looked like Tornado Flyer wouldn’t either.
Nevertheless, he won the race by nine lengths from Clan Des Obeaux. It was Tornado Flyer’s first win since 2019, and he returned to inconsistent form over the next three races.
Gambling can be really tough at times, so what’s in store for us on Boxing Day this year? according to NJ online horse betting sites, for example, 4NJBets Willie Mullins is the current favorite in the betting market. For Mullins, 20 years passed between his first King George VI Chase winner (Florida Pearl in 2021) and his second success. It is unlikely that another two decades will pass before the next victory in this race.
Allaho would do no harm to his chances of winning the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup if he wins at Kempton. If the current King George VI Chase favorite wins the Gold Cup, he will win the Festival for the third consecutive year. Previous successes have been in the Ryanair Chase, but there are bigger fish to fry in 2023.
It ran over two and a half miles, but the three miles at Kempton will not cause concern. Last season ended with a year Punchestown Gold Cup King George VI won by the same distance as the Chase. His last three wins of the 2021/22 season have come by a combined total of 40 lengths. The next few months may indeed be great months for God.
Hopefully, betting on this race won’t be as scary as it was in 2021. This happened just before New York legalized mobile sports betting. It was a huge success and many punters will be hoping to land the winner of the King George VI Chase.
If God goes to writing, he will not have his own way. Maybe we should learn from what happened in this race last year. Don’t back the highly-touted Mullins runner, consider backing one of his lower-tier entries in the betting market.
The last six-year-old horse to win the King George VI Chase was Clan Des Obeaux six years ago. Galopin Des Champs offers to repeat this success in December. If it comes down to the last gap of the field, it’s probably best to close your eyes and cross your fingers and toes.
Most punters were preparing to collect their winnings when the Galopine Des Champs went to last in the Golden Mile Chase. Another Irish win at the Cheltenham Festival looked likely but he fell at the last fence.
The same thing happened the next time, but Mullins’ run stood up to win. A valiant effort will be made A win for Mullins, however, is more likely than finishing first. Mind you, after what happened last year, who knows, we might have another shock winner.
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