Long Run the early fav for the William Hill King George
CHALLENGERS QUEUE UP FOR THE LONG RUN! WILLIAM HILL KING GEORGE ENTRIES REVEALED!
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The initial stage of entries for the William Hill King George VI Chase were unveiled on Wednesday afternoon with last season's champion Long Run, even-money favourite with the sponsors, spearheading a stellar field of potential contenders for the £180,000 Grade One Boxing Day highlight.
Paul Nicholls boasts a five-strong entry to wrest the honours back to Ditcheat with four-time William Hill King George hero Kauto Star (16-1) joined in the line-up by younger sibling Kauto Stone (20-1) and Champion Chaser Master Minded (8-1), together with the exciting Mon Parrain (25-1) and the Sir Alex Ferguson-owned What A Friend (33-1).
Captain Chris heads a trio of entries for Philip Hobbs, and is 8-1 joint second-favourite with William Hill, with Wishfull Thinking is 10-1 and Racing Post Chase winner Quinz is 50-1.
Other exciting potential candidates include Charlie Hall Chase champions Weird Al (12-1) and Nacarat (33-1); Alan King's Medermit (16-1) and Hennessy winner Diamond Harry (20-1) making for a mouth-watering line-up.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said ‘We're delighted with the entries for the William Hill King George - Long Run is most certainly the one to beat in his bid to join the roll of honour of multiple champions, however the challengers to his reign are queuing up with a whole host of exciting chasers waiting in the wings'
William Hill King George VI Chase (sponsors bet): Evs Long Run, 8-1 Captain Chris, Master Minded, 10-1 Wishfull Thinking, 12-1 Weird Al, 14-1 Riverside Theatre, 16-1 Kauto Star, Medermit, 20-1 Diamond Harry, Kauto Stone, Noble Prince, Somersby, 25-1 Mon Parrain, 33-1 Midnight Chase, Nacarat, Wayward Prince, What A Friend, 50-1 Planet Of Sound, Quinz, Roberto Goldback, 66-1 Tartak, The Giant Bolster, 150-1 Golan Way (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
William Hill King George VI Chase - betting w/o Long Run: 5-1 Captain Chris, Master Minded, 7-1 Wishfull Thinking, 8-1 Weird Al, 10-1 Riverside Theatre, 12-1 Kauto Star, Medermit, 14-1 Diamond Harry, Kauto Stone, Noble Prince, Somersby, 16-1 Mon Parrain, 20-1 Nacarat, 25-1 Midnight Chase, Wayward Prince, What A Friend, 33-1 Noland, 40-1 Planet Of Sound, Quinz, Roberto Goldback, 50-1 Tartak, The Giant Bolster, 100-1 Golan Way (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Paul Nicholls to train the winner of the William Hill King George VI Chase: 9-2
William Hill King George VI Chase & Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 double: 7-2 Long Run, 50-1 Master Minded, 66-1 Weird Al, 66-1 Wishfull Thinking, 100-1 Diamond Harry