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King George VI Chase: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Kempton
The King George VI Chase takes centre stage at Kempton on Boxing Day

"It was some performance from L'Homme Presse to defy a lofty mark of 164 with something to spare in the Rehearsal at Newcastle and he can make it an impressive 7-8 over fences."

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide and 1-2-3 verdict for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

King George VI Chase
14:30 Kempton, Monday
Live on ITV

1. Ahoy Senor (Lucinda Russell/ Derek Fox)
No match for Bravemansgame in Kauto Star on this card last year but had that rival and L'Homme Presse behind him when winning Aintree Grade 1 on final start last season. Disappointed behind Bravemansgame in Charlie Hall on return but back on track when third in Many Clouds at Aintree since.

2. Bravemansgame (Paul Nicholls/ Harry Cobden)
Disappointed in Aintree Grade 1 novice on final start last season but that's his only defeat in six outings over fences, bouncing back in good style when three and a half lengths too strong for Eldorado Allen in Charlie Hall on Wetherby reappearance. Much respected for trainer with outstanding record in this.

3. Eldorado Allen (Joe Tizzard/ Brendan Powell)
Landed Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and Denman Chase (beat Royale Pagaille) at Newbury last season. Good runner-up efforts in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby (beaten three and a half lengths by Bravemansgame) and Betfair at Haydock this term but surely more a place than win contender.

4. Envoi Allen (Henry de Bromhead/ Rachael Blackmore)
Came up short in top company over two miles in the spring but got his career firmly back on track when stepped up to three miles on his Down Royal reappearance, seeing off Kemboy by a length and three-quarters in that Grade 1 contest. Unlikely to be too far away if showing up in similar form.

5. Frodon (Paul Nicholls/ Bryony Frost)
High-class front-running chaser who won the 2020 running of this. Badger Beer win at Wincanton last month shows he's still very capable as he closes in on his 11th birthday, but he was beaten 18 and a half lengths when third (Eldorado Allen second) in Betfair at Haydock since.

6. Hitman (Paul Nicholls/ Sam Twiston-Davies)
Very talented sort who was the easy winner of a Haydock graduation event last month. However, he's always found the odd one too strong at Graded level and isn't certain to benefit from the step up to three miles.

7. L'Homme Presse (Venetia Williams/ Charlie Deutsch)
Top novice last season and produced a high-class handicap performance when pushed out to win the Rehearsal at Newcastle on his reappearance a month ago. Could be even more to come and the one to beat.

8. Millers Bank (Alex Hales/ Jonathan Burke)
Grade 1 novice chase winner at Aintree last spring and has confirmed himself a very smart chaser when runner-up in Carlisle listed and Huntingdon Grade 2 on his last two outings. This demands more, though, and he's also yet to prove he stays three miles. Cheekpieces on first time.

9. Royale Pagaille (Venetia Williams/ Tom Scudamore)
C&D winner was has posted high-class handicap performances when winning the last two runnings of the Peter Marsh at Haydock. Last year's season's second in Betfair Chase and fifth in Cheltenmham Gold Cup show he can be competitive in top company but he needs more for the win.

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Timeform Analyst's Verdict:

It was some performance from L'Homme Presse to defy a lofty mark of 164 with something to spare in the Rehearsal at Newcastle and he can make it an impressive 7-8 over fences. Charlie Hall winner Bravemansgame, who is bidding to provide Paul Nicholls with a remarkable 13th win in this midwinter highlight, is feared most ahead of Envoi Allen, who got his career firmly back on track when stepped up to 3m at Down Royal last time.

1. L'Homme Presse
2. Bravemansgame
3. Envoi Allen

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