There's a very rare group of multiple King George winners and CLAN DES OBEAUX has his spot at such an illustrious table. He aims to improve his race record and make it a trio of back to back successes in this Grade 1 race. Although it's a very tough ask for him to make it three King George wins it's equally hard to discount him as well. The eight year old demolished his reapposing rival Cyrname by a massive 21 lengths last year and his Harry Cobden ridden stablemate is going to have to show more this time around. Excuses could've been made for last terms second after a tough race with Altior and I expect him to finish closer here but to reverse the form? Not for me! The interesting runner is the horse that's been supplemented at a cost of £5,000 to ensure Santini gets a spot in the line up. Should improve for his seasonal reappearance at Aintree but was worrying to see Lake View Lad take the prize that day. A very talented horse on his day but despite the supplement fee I feel he has different targets this season and is likely to find one or two too good.
Lostintranslation was a horse I was super keen on last term but he somewhat failed to build upon his former promise. A classy individual but with the yard in poor form it's easy to look elsewhere.
Although there's no crowd at Kempton the roof would still be blown off with an outpouring of emotion if the forgotten horse in Waiting Patiently was able to cross the line with his head in front. A fairytale at Christmas is always welcome but the main protagonists would have to drastically falter for him to find success.
Perhaps an obvious choice but when a horse has been there and done it more than once before can you really bet against him?
CLAN DES OBEAUX
written by Rory Paddock
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