This highly prestigious race is one of the most popular in the racing calendar, made that way by the brilliant Desert Orchid who won the race four times and was second once in the late 80s and early 90s. It is rated as the second most prestigious National Hunt Chase in the racing calendar, behind the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Kauto Star equalled or even surpassed the great Desert Orchid record, by winning for the race for a record fourth consecutive time thus becoming one of the all time greats of National Hunt Racing.
The Grade One race takes place each year on Boxing Day at Kempton as some of the finest chasers around take on the 3 mile trip and the 18 fences.
Kauto Star is a dual winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and horses often use the King George as a springboard for a crack at the Cheltenham Festival feature race, with Long Run doing just that during the 2010/11 season.
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|1st||8. Silviniaco Conti||N Fehily||P Nicholls||15/8|
|2nd||5. Dynaste||T Scudamore||D Pipe||7/1|
|3rd||1. Al Ferof||S Twiston-Davies||P Nicholls||7/1|
|2000||First Gold||7||Francois Doumen|
|2001||Florida Pearl||9||Willie Mullins|
|2002||Best Mate||7||Henrietta Knight|
|2003||Edredon Bleu||11||Henrietta Knight|
|2004||Kicking King||6||Tom Taaffe|
|2005||Kicking King||7||Tom Taaffe|
|2006||Kauto Star||6||Paul Nicholls|
|2007||Kauto Star||7||Paul Nicholls|
|2008||Kauto Star||8||Paul Nicholls|
|2009||Kauto Star||9||Paul Nicholls|
|2010||Long Run||6||Nicky Henderson|
|2011||Kauto Star||11||Paul Nicholls|
|2012||Long Run||7||Nicky Henderson|
|2013||Silviniaco Conti||7||Paul Nicholls|
|2014||Silviniaco Conti||8||Paul Nicholls|
Many of the King George Chase runners will next be seen in action at Cheltenham, probably in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The likes of Kauto Star and Long Run have used the prestigious Kempton race as a platform for a crack at the Cheltenham feature and often with plenty of success!
It is always a huge betting occasion and the interest in the race will once again reach fever pitch this year. You can find the latest odds and betting news for this season's renewal at our dedicated Gold Cup page....
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