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Small field likely for King George as Boxing Day fare gets festive juices flowing

, Small field likely for King George as Boxing Day fare gets festive juices flowing

CYRNAME is the star act in the King George as five-day entries were revealed for Boxing Day.

Paul Nicholls’ slick chaser will face a maximum of six rivals in the Grade 1 showpiece.

Recent impressive winner Cyrname is hot favourite for the King George

WithAltior’sdefection, the biggest rival to Cyrname’s first King George crown is now Lostintranslation,Colin Tizzard’s easy Betfair Chase winner.

He’s been confirmed for Venn Farm Stables alongside former winner Thistlecrack,who produced an encouraging return behind Paisley Park at Newbury last month.

Last year’s emphatic victorClan Des Obeauxis also set to take his chance, while former Kempton Grade 1 scorer La Bague Au Roiwill bid to return to her best.

Irish raiderFootpadis a strong challenger for Willie Mullins and outsiderAsocompletes the field for the in-form Venetia Williams.

, Small field likely for King George as Boxing Day fare gets festive juices flowing
Last year’s King George winner Clan Des Obeaux will return for another crack

Earlier on the card, a slightly disappointing field will line up for the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

Paul Nicholls has entered both his exciting novicesDanny WhizzbangandMaster Tommytucker,while his old friend and rival Dan Skelton has left inRedzor.

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Angels Breathhas been given an entry though is unlikely to run after his Ascot exertions and instead the biggest danger to the Ditcheat duo could be the progressiveSlate House.

Black Opis another worthy of mention for the 3m staying chase.

The Christmas Hurdle could be a Nicky Henderson benefit, withEpatante, Fusil RafflesandVerdana Blueall boasting strong claims for the Seven Barrows maestro.

Big Blueis an interesting runner from France, as isQuick Grabimwho makes his debut for Fergal O’Brien.

Elixir Du NutzandSilver Streakare other intriguing runners.

Across the Irish Sea, a veritable feast of action begins with the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

, Small field likely for King George as Boxing Day fare gets festive juices flowing
Epatante is a very interesting addition to the Christmas Hurdle field

Top class prospectFakir D’oudarieshas been entered for young gun Joseph O’Brien, while star mareLaurinawill bid to follow up her impressive chase debut.

Samcrois also set to take his chance after falling last time out, while dual chase winnerTornado Flyercould also play a part.

, Small field likely for King George as Boxing Day fare gets festive juices flowing
Faugheen could run again next week at Limerick

Over at Limerick, the 100,000 Grade 1 Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase sees superstarFaugheenconfirmed for the race by trainer Willie Mullins.

Salsarettaimpressed on chase debut and could also run for the champion trainer, as couldChampagne Classicfor Gordon Elliott.

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Battleoverdoyenhas also been given an entry, as hasLaurinaif connections decide to take on a longer trip.

 

 

 

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