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Stuart Dalgleish 12th Dec 2011 - 16:28

Kauto confirmed! Nation's favourite will race King George

Kauto Star was this afternoon sensationally revealed as a confirmed runner in this year's William Hill King George VI Chase.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith announced the news at the annual King George lunch - in front of an audience including MPs, Press, and connections of this year's runners.

The veteran chaser - who silenced his critics with an astonishing performance in the Betfair Chase is now a 4-1 chance with sponsors William Hill, second-favourite behind reigning champion - and 6-4 favourite - Long Run.

The news means that owner Clive Smith's green, yellow, purple colours will this year be carried by two King George hopefuls with 5-1 chance Master Minded also fielding for him. Captain Chris, Somersby and Diamond Harry, all follow thereafter.

Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: ''This was the early Christmas gift that racing fans had hoped for. Debate can now rage over turkey, trimmings, and celebrations as to who will emerge the victor"


William Hill King George VI Chase: 6-4 Long Run, 4-1 Kauto Star, 5-1 Master Minded, 8-1 Captain Chris, 12-1 Somersby, 14-1 Riverside Theatre, 16-1 Diamond Harry, Weird Al, 20-1 Noble Prince, 25-1 Planet Of Sound, 33-1 Medermit, Nacarat, 40-1 Noland, 66-1 Golan Way, Tartak, The Giant Bolster - all quoted (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

William Hill King George VI Chase - betting w/o Long Run: 3-1 Kauto Star, 7-2 Master Minded, 9-2 Captain Chris, 7-1 Somersby, 10-1 Riverside Theatre, 12-1 Diamond Harry, 14-1 Noble Prince, Weird Al, 16-1 Planet Of Sound, 20-1 Nacarat, 25-1 Medermit, 33-1 Golan Way, Noland, 50-1 Tartak, The Giant Bolster (EW 1/4 1,2,3)

King George VI Chase match bet: 1-2 - Long Run vs Kauto Star - 6-4 (both must run or bets void)

Paul Nicholls to train winner of the William Hill King George VI Chase: 2-1

Paul Nicholls to train the first and second in the William Hill king George: 10-1

The winner of the William Hill King George to go on and win the Cheltenham Gold cup: 2-1

Previous Kings match bet: 8-11 - Long Run & Kauto Star vs The Field - evens

By how far will Long Run win the William Hill King George?: 4-1 under five lengths, 4-1 five lengths or more (if long run does not win all bets will be settled as losers)

William Hill King George VI Chase & Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 double: 6-1 Long Run, 33-1 Kauto Star, 33-1 Master Minded, 100-1 Weird Al, 150-1 Diamond Harry,

William Hill King George VI Chase forecast betting: 9-1 Long Run to beat Kauto Star, 10-1 Long Run to beat Master Minded, 11-1 Kauto Star to beat Long Run, 16-1 Kauto Star to beat Master Minded, 12-1 Master Minded to beat Long Run, 20-1 Master Minded to beat Kauto Star

National Hunt Trainers' Championship 2011/12: 2-5 Paul Nicholls, 7-4 Nicky Henderson, 33-1 Donald McCain, 50-1 Philip Hobbs

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