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2016 King George VI Chase price boosts - 40/1 & 8/1 Cue Card and 8/1 Thistlecrack

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All eyes will be on Kempton on Boxing Day as Cue Card and Thistlecrack prepare to clash in the most exciting race of the season.  Our experts have been taking a look at the contest and we have the verdict on the Grade One highlight below.

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KING GEORGE EXPERT GUIDE - THISTLECRACK V CUE CARD


Be honest, was anyone really that excited by the prospect of Coneygree taking on Cue Card again after the demolition job at Haydock? Personally, the mild disappointment I felt when Coneygree was ruled out was quickly forgotten about once I heard the news that the mighty Thistlecrack was going to head down the road less travelled – a novice taking on the King George.

This head to head – Cue Card versus Thistlecrack – couldn’t be any more appetising. On one hand, you have the old stager, the warrior, the one who has been there, seen it all, worn out the t-shirt. Cue Card won the race last season on his fourth attempt, he has been a regular in Grade One chases for the last number of seasons, and remarkably seemed to improve last season thanks to a corrective procedure on his wind performed during the summer.

Thistlecrack is the young gun. Brash, hard-pulling, rough and ready, his jumping technique has left a bit to be desired on his first forays over the larger obstacles, but his engine is unquestioned. He blew apart the World Hurdle field at Cheltenham last year, turning the race into an absolute procession. The bare form of that run does leave him with plenty to find for a race like the King George (the second home, Alpha Des Obeaux would be 50/1+ in a race like this), but the manner and style of the victory is what has intrigued racing fans. Thistlecrack just leaves you with the impression that there are untold reserves in the locker, that will only be called upon when a worthy challenger presents itself. Cue Card is undoubtedly that challenger.

This matchup is all the more precious when you consider they are both trained by the same man, Colin Tizzard. In a modern racing world where top class animals are kept apart for as long as possible, wrapped in cotton wool until absolutely necessary, Tizzard’s approach is as refreshing as it is novel. Racing fans are now treated to a race for the ages at Christmas time, with the possibility that a higher than normal television viewership amongst those less familiar with racing might be attracted to the sport.

Cue Card and Thistlecrack taking each other on can only mean good things for racing. In many respects, the actual winner of the race is immaterial, racing will be the clear victor. That said, romanticism aside, Cue Card is surely the bet at the prices, Thistlecrack has is all to prove at this level, and is in danger of being priced up on hype. Cue Card will be looking to quieten the young pretender, and can do so in style.

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