December 26th, 2018

Brian’s King George Blog: Good Things Come to Those who Wait

By Brian Hughes

I have three rides at Kempton on Boxing Day and I’ll start by looking ahead to the big one, the King George VI Chase.

 

Waiting Patiently has been successful in his last six chases for me, culminating in a Grade 1 victory at Ascot in February.

A tendon injury caused him to miss Aintree but everything has gone well since. He jumped some fences for me at Hexham recently and everything went fine.

He goes well fresh and the Ruth Jefferson stable has had eight first-time-out winners this season.

This is an ultra-competitive event featuring last year’s winner and Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite, his conqueror at Cheltenham Native River, Bristol De Mai, who beat both in the Betfair Chase at Haydock 32 days ago and Politogue, who has won his last two impressively.

My horse will appreciate the step up in trip and I hope with a good round of jumping he gets right in contention.

They say that patience is a virtue and everything comes to those who wait so let’s hope everything gels on the day and it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

 1.20 Lisdoonvarna Lad

 
A hurdles winner for me at Wetherby a year ago, he showed some improvement on his second chase start 34 days ago finishing fourth beaten under 20 lengths.  He needs to step forward again to get into contention in what looks a fairly competitive handicap. 

Main Danger

Glen Forsa and Dell Oro look the pick on recent form though a case could be made for a number of others.
 

 King George VI Chase – 3.05 Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently has been successful in his last six chases for me culminating in a Grade1 victory at Ascot in February.  A tendon injury caused him to miss Aintree but everything has gone well since.  He jumped some fences for me at Hexham recently and everything went fine.  He goes well fresh and the Ruth Jefferson stable has had eight first time out winners this season.  This is an ultra competitive event with last years winner and Gold Cup runner up Might Bite, his conqueror at Cheltenham Native River, Bristol De Mai, who beat both in the Betfair Chase at Haydock 32 days ago and Politogue who has won his last two impressively.  My horse will appreciate the step up in trip and I hope with a good round of jumping he gets right in contention today.  They say that patience is a virtue and everything comes to those who wait,  so lets hope everything gels today and it really is the most wonderful time of the year.  
 

3.40 The Sweeney

The Sweeney, got off the mark over hurdles at Wincanton in April and ran a good race here in early November, finishing third of thirteen beaten fourteen and a half lengths.  This was his first start after a 131 day break and wind surgery.  He should improve for that run and hopefully the addition of cheekpieces will also have a positive impact.  The stable is in form and perhaps a place is a possibility.
 

Main Danger

Hat trick seeking Erick Le Rouge and ex Irish Montabano look strong rivals.

 

I Hope everyone had a very happy Christmas!

 

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