Bravemansgame and Hitman lead the way ahead of Noble Yeats and Envoi Allen

The King George VI Chase goes off at 2.30pm on Boxing Day this year at Kempton Park Racecourse.

The huge Grade 1 is the aim for many big trainers with top-class three milers at their disposal.

Bravemansgame winning at Kempton on Boxing Day under a great ride from Harry Cobden

Bravemansgame winning at Kempton on Boxing Day under a great ride from Harry Cobden

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2.30: Bravemansgame 6/5 & Envoi Allen

The Paul Nicholls team have been aiming Bravemansgame and preparing their star for this 3m trip for a while and following on from his Grade 2 victory looks set to take this challenge on well.

He’s back up to the same mark he took on at Aintree in April but subsequently came last, where he was never travelling that day.

In the summer, the now 161-rated went for wind surgery which has clearly done the trick as that victory at Wetherby was impressive and he can improve from that this time.

He’s been waited with, fresh and prepared and should be in great fettle to take on a field of great chasers.

Stablemate Hitman looks capable too, but will probably need the experience first and to fill out more – he warrants respect of course, but the six-year-old will have a lot of work to do to beat the course and distance winner.

It bodes well that Bravemansgame won over C&D in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase in 2021, beating Ahoy Senor by over seven lengths with others not taken to Kempton before.

L’Homme Presse is 4/1 on talkSPORT BET currently, cut from 5’s before his win in a Grade 3 at Newcastle, but that wasn’t a big indicator he can cope with a 6lb rise and then also take on the likes of Bravemansgame.

Envoi Allen returned to winning ways beating Kemboy, Conflated and Galvin at Down Royal’s Champion Chase in November and that recent form is enough to suggest the eight-year-old can make a decent go of things in the King George.

At 7/1, the Henry De Bromhead-trained horse looks great value at this stage for an each-way bet on top of a straight bet on the favourite.

That was Envoi’s first time over 3m and it’s a huge indicator of his potential over this new distance as beating those rivals is no easy task.

That form by itself should be enough to tempt many into backing the Cheveley Park horse.


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