2019 King George VI Chase
2019 King George VI Chase (Grade 1)
It’s time to batten down the hatches and brace yourself for the ride of your life as the sport’s highest-rated horse CYRNAME puts his reputation on the line against LOSTINTRANSLATION and CLAN DES OBEAUX in an intriguing three-cornered battle for the traditional Christmas highlight.
Cyrname was stable jockey Harry Cobden’s choice of mount after Paul Nicholls decided to run his two best chasers, leaving Sam Twiston-Davies to pick up a tantalising spare ride on Clan Des Obeaux.
The once headstrong Cyrname humbled Waiting Patiently at Ascot on his final outing last season, that 17 lengths demolition job earning him a mark even higher than that of Altior. Very easy to back when returning over two miles and five furlongs at Ascot, he proceeded to demolish Altior with a master class of slick jumping to lead throughout. That was a first Grade 1 success for the 7yo who now needs to prove his stamina over three miles.
Clan Des Obeaux gives the champion trainer a massive second string to his bow as he bids to repeat his impressive 2018 triumph in this. The likely strong pace will perfectly suit the waiting game Twiston-Davies will play on the 7yo, who is reported to be a lot sharper for his first run back behind Road To Respect at Down Royal. Furthermore, Nicholls has farmed this contest with the likes of Silviniaco Conti and the legendary Kauto Star.
LOSTINTRANSLATION appears to have every available weapon in his armoury and the arrow Robbie Power will draw from his quiver will have ‘speed’ rather than ‘stamina’ branded onto it. Trainer Colin Tizzard knows that we’re this race run at Cheltenham the hugely exciting gelding would be an automatic favourite, but is nevertheless confident in his charge’s portfolio of natural talent to believe he can take down the Nicholls pair and I also think he can. A silk-smooth scorer on his reappearance in a graduation chase at Carlisle, he responded beautifully to new hold up tactics before pouncing on Bristol De Mai in Haydock’s Betfair Chase. He will again be ridden to come late and granted he has a useful turn of foot as well as all-round galloping power he’s all set to showcase this side of his character.
Stablemate THISTLECRACK boasts a win, a fourth and a second in this over the last three years. He’s not had a clear run physically in that period and therefore possesses a guage with few miles on its clock. He ran a blinder on his comeback over hurdles behind Paisley Park and needs respecting, even though he’s in the evening of his career.
Lone Irish challenger FOOTPAD didn’t impress with his jumping despite winning at Thurles and now moves up the three miles for the first time. He finds himself in a much tougher assignment, with greater pressure than ever on his accuracy over the fences.
Prediction – 2019 King George VI Chase
1st – Lostintranslation
2nd – Clan Des Obeaux
3rd – Cyrname
4th – THISTLECRACK
5th – Footpad
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