Silviniaco Conti Returns to King George VI Chase to Claim 3rd TrophyPublished December 26, 2015 by Florin P
The second most prestigious chase in England will crown a new winner on Saturday (2:00 p.m UK Time).
Horse racing fans have an additional reason to be enthusiastic about Boxing Day, because on December 26, the King George VI Chase takes place. The second most prestigious event of this type in England, second only to Cheltenham Gold Cup, it brings together the very best horses and jockeys.
This Grade 1 National Hunt chase has run virtually uninterrupted since 1937 and it covers a distance of roughly 3 miles. Participating horses need to be at least four years old and they have to jump over a total of 18 fences, while running nearly 5 km. It is an integral part of the celebrated William Hill Winter Festival, but all bookmakers dedicate extensive coverage to this event.
Silviniaco Conti Hungry for a New Trophy
The King George VI Chase was first run in 1937 and not many horses managed to win the competition several times. Southern Hero was the first to emerge victorious and almost 8 decades later it is still the oldest race winner ever. While his performance is unlikely to be matched in the foreseeable future, Silviniaco Conti has the chance to set another important milestone by winning the third consecutive race.
Noel Fehily was his jockey on both occasions and he is certainly hoping for a third consecutive win, even though bookies credit Silviniaco Conti with the 4th chance. Bet365 offers odds of 7/1 on the reigning champion to defend his title, with Don Cossack being credited with the first chance and odds of 9/4. Vautour and Cue Card come in second and both are capable of winning their first King George VI Chase.
Kauto Star Still Reigns Supreme with Five Victories
Regardless of how Silviniaco Conti fares this season, he still has a long way to go to tie the all-time leader at the King George VI Chase. Kauto Star won the race a record five times, while Desert Orchid comes in second with four times and both horses are now retired. Ruby Walsh was Kauto’s jockey each time, while Paul Nicholls can brag about training him as well as the reigning champion.