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Bravemansgame: a strong favourite for the King George VI Chase at Kempton next month
Willie Mullins looks set to be without a contender in this year’s Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on December 26 after Galopin Des Champs and last year’s winner Tornado Flyer were scratched from the race on Tuesday.
Nicholls has landed the King George on 12 occasions, and five times with Kempton legend Kauto Star, and the trainer’s Charlie Hall winner Bravemansgame has assumed control of the market.
He is followed by stablemate Hitman, who is yet to win at the top level but was impressive when scoring at Haydock this month.
The Irish will hold a strong hand despite the absence of Mullins, with the Henry de Bromhead-trained Envoi Allen, who bounced back to his best in the Champion Chase at Down Royal, the leading challenger.
Grand National winner Noble Yeats also features among the entries while 2020 winner Frodon, another trained by Nicholls, could bid to regain his title.
Ladbrokes King George VI Chase acceptors
Ahoy Senor Lucinda Russell
Bravemansgame Paul Nicholls
Eldorado Allen Joe Tizzard
Envoi Allen Henry de Bromhead
Frodon Paul Nicholls
Hitman Paul Nicholls
L’Homme Presse Venetia Williams
Millers Bank Alex Hales
Noble Yeats Emmet Mullins
Pic D’Orhy Paul Nicholls
Protektorat Dan Skelton
Red Happy David Pipe
Royale Pagaille Venetia Williams
Coral: 5-4 Bravemansgame, 7-2 Hitman, 4 L’Homme Presse, 5 Envoi Allen, 12 Protektorat, 20 Eldorado Allen, Frodon, 25 Ahoy Senor, Noble Yeats, Royale Pagaille, 33 bar
Iwilldoit back for more at Chepstow
Last year’s runaway winner Iwilldoit features among 51 acceptors for the Coral Welsh Grand National.
The Sam Thomas-trained Iwilldoit has been absent since winning a pair of races at Chepstow last December by a combined 33 lengths.
Thomas’ hand is strengthened by Our Power, who was a tough winner at Ascot in October and could go beyond three miles for the first time.
Ante-post favourite Ask Me Early, who was a promising third on his return behind subsequent Coral Gold Cup winner Le Milos at Bangor in November, also features among the entries.
The Galloping Bear recently lost his Grand National Trial win at Haydock due to disqualification and Ben Clarke’s nine-year-old will bid for redemption should he take his chance.
Threeunderthrufive, who unseated early in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury, also features alongside Secret Reprieve, who has failed to fire since winning the race in 2020.
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