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Hello from a somewhat damp Kempton park, where the doors have already opened to allow checks on the Covid status of the more than 10,000 fans who are expected to arrive for the King George VI Chase card this afternoon. Capacity, incidentally, is around 20,000 – the largest recent crowd for this fixture was 22,038 in 2014 – but the continued rise of the Omicron variant may well persuade many regulars that this year’s renewal is better watched. from the sofa.

That will make all the contrast with Chepstow tomorrow, when the Welsh Grand National takes place behind closed doors after a last minute change to the Welsh government’s Covid regulations last week. And what is still one of the loudest crowds of the year can expect an exceptionally open and competitive renewal of long-distance running.

About 12mm of overnight rain changed the change to good to mild, patchy mild after previously being good to mild, patchy good, a development which has been accompanied by significant moves in the big race betting market.

The money has arrived for Nicky Henderson’s Chantry House, which will be making its debut in a first level open on fences, and he is now looking for the Des Obeaux clan, the winner in 2018 and 2019, at the top of the market at around 7- 2. At their current rate of progress, Chantry House will be favorites as the race starts at 12:45 pm.

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Gold Cup winner Minella Indo is weaker in the market, which is a bit surprising as the rain should in theory improve the chances of her proven endurance kicking in. He is currently trading at around 9-2, while Asterion Forlonge, who also traveled from Ireland, is only half a point away after shooting 7-1 a few days ago.

The really big wanderer, however, is Frodo, who was the third seed behind Clan Des Obeaux and Minella Indo on Christmas Eve, but is now 7-1 to win for the second year in a row. Many fans would have hoped to give Bryony Frost the welcome he was denied 12 months ago after today’s big race, but that possibility seems to be diminishing by the hour.

I’m sticking with Asterion Forlonge to get the job done later and a preview of all the action on ITV later is here, along with tips for today’s eight Boxing Day cards. If or when Chantry House is the King George’s clear new favorite, this will be the place to hear about it first – it promises to be a race and an afternoon to remember.

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