32Red King George VI Chase
|Grade 1, Kempton Park 15:15
3m, Class 1
|Wednesday 26th December 2018|
The Nicky Henderson-trained Top Notch could tackle three miles for the first time in his career in the Boxing Day feature, should all go to schedule in the first half of the campaign.
Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Isaac Souede and Simon Munir, said: “It would be nice to build him up to winning another Grade One chase, as he won three Grade Two races last season.
“I think he will have a similar path to last season. He might get a prep run at Aintree in the hurdle he ran in last season.
“That’s what we were thinking of doing if the ground is safe, which would be a nice pipe-opener over two and a half and then go for the 1965 Chase at Ascot which he won last year. That would be his first target.
“Then it is a choice of whether he goes for the Peterborough Chase or King George after that, but we have to see how the Ascot race goes.
“The King George was a race which we would like to have thought about last year, but when the owners had Bristol De Mai in the race and he was chasing the £1million bonus at the time, it did seem silly to have two in the race.
“He could be a horse that could sneak himself into the reckoning if he was impressive at Ascot. If he wasn’t, we would just go for another Peterborough Chase.”
32Red King George VI Chase 2017
£200,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Might Bite (IRE) 6/4f||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||8|
|2nd||1||Double Shuffle (IRE) 50/1||A P Heskin
|T R George||7|
|3rd||2||Tea For Two 20/1||Lizzie Kelly
|4th||2¾||Thistlecrack 5/1||T Scudamore
|C L Tizzard||9|
|5th||16||Whisper (FR) 7/1||Aidan Coleman
|N J Henderson||9|
|6th||4||Bristol De Mai (FR) 3/1||D A Jacob
|N A Twiston-Davies||6|
|7th||27||Traffic Fluide (FR) 66/1||Joshua Moore
|G L Moore||7|
|Also Ran: Fox Norton (FR)|