By HRI Foreign Staff — Closing out a year from a sporting perspective always seems to bring increased significance to events and once again in 2022, it is the King George VI Chase which has plenty of pundits and experts talking.
Held at the iconic Kempton Park, the King George VI Chase remains one of the biggest races on the domestic and international calendar, with packed out crowds expected on the course.
Any major race that is held on a public holiday tends to garner increased attention and Boxing Day promises to be the perfect backdrop to one of the most iconic races in British horse riding.
First held back in 1937, the King George VI Chase promises to have increased significance in 2022, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September – the daughter of the monarch the race was named after.
On the track, legendary horses such as Long Run, Kauto Star and Thistlecrack have all produced memorable performances to reign supreme at Kempton Park and once again in 2022, there will be a whole host of big name horses, jockeys and trainers all jostling for glory.
Topping the early ante-post betting is the Paul Nicholls’ trained 7-year old, Bravemans Game. Like so many of the current top horses across the UK and beyond, Bravemansgame hails from France and it is a horse that looks to have bags of potential at this level.
Possessing an excellent record and as a horse that has produced its best results in the heavier going, the conditions at Kempton Park look to be tailor made for Bravemans Game.
It has become possible to place bets online, including on horse racing, in New Jersey. And if earlier sports or casino fans had to travel tens of kilometers to place a bet or play slots, now it is enough to use mobile apps in NJ.
At +250, there is plenty of early money being laid down for Bravemans Game, who looks to be the horse to beat in 2022.
French horses are really starting to take hold within the UK racing scene and another looks to be on the charge in L’Homme Presse.
Venetia Williams is a trainer who enjoys the trip at Kempton, and she has seriously high hopes for this 7-year old.
A horse with plenty of a serious amount of pedigree at this level, L’Homme Press is one that cannot be overlooked at +450 at the King George VI Chase, with other races being lined up in 2023 too.
Paul Nicolls enjoys an excellent record at Kempton Park and specifically at the King George VI Chase, with Hitman his next offering in the betting.
A French raised horse once again, Hitman looks to be somewhat of a late developer and recent showings have suggested it has the credentials to go all the way here.
Coming in at +650, Hitman is certainly a horse to keep an eye on at the 2022 King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.