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Popular Twitter racing fan Jake Russell (@JakeRussell1000) pens his debut column for us at GG as he looks at Thursday’s King George.

On Boxing Day, the racing world will get to witness one of the best chasing races this season so far with the defeater of Altior‘s unbeaten record Cyrname and current Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Lostintranslation locking horns and battling for the first time.

The main question us racing fans want answering is, will these two have the eagerly anticipated battle we so desire or will the likes of Thistlecrack or Clan Des Obeaux take the spot of first place and win their second King George’s? With over £245,000 of prize money to be won from this race it looks like a Boxing Day cracker.

Lets start off with the current 13/8 favourite with Betway Cyrname a horse that needs no introduction to us racing fans. The winner of the Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase at his favoured right handed course Ascot, he beat the mighty Altior convincingly that day, running and jumping superbly from the front, winning by a fantastic 2 and 3 quarter lengths in conditions that clearly suited him a lot more than his unbeaten rival. He is a horse that has come on leaps and bounds for the Nicholls team, improving a lot with each run on favoured right handed tracks.

That performance and his two authoritative wins last season at Ascot have really shown what this horse can do going right handed on softer conditions. The one question mark above Cyrname’s head is the trip, not having run further than 2m5f, will the extra three furlongs cause problems for this horse come Boxing Day? Only time will tell.

Next up is the highly talented and current Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Lostintranslation. He’s 7/4 with Betway. This horse has really shown connections and the Tizzard team that he means business over the bigger obstacles this season, getting so much better with each run he has had since his chasing debut in November 2018.

He has won four times and placed four times out of eight runs over fences, never finishing out of the first three after not winning once over hurdles. He won on his first start of this season at Carlisle in a Listed Chase after jumping fantastically and easing down towards the finish.

The horse then went on to battle with the Haydock master grey Bristol De Mai in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase, of which Lostintranslation won convincingly again. He was happy and settled at the back of the four runner field, jumping well again (always seems to jump so well in the race) before making headway to snatch second place at the fourth last, then was asked to press on the leader with two jumps to go, which he did gracefully, before jumping to the lead at the last and staying on gamely towards the line, winning well by just over a length in the end.

I think this race really showed his true colours and got the racing world excited for what’s to come with this 7yo, he showed that he could be a proper Gold Cup horse for the Tizzard team.

Next up is last season’s King George and Denman Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux, priced up at 100/30 with Betway. This is another Paul Nicholls horse that has come on leaps and bounds these last 18 months or so, winning the King George in 2018 and then the Denman Chase two months later. He then went to Cheltenham a month after where he ran in the Gold Cup, after not really travelling well he finished what was a decent 5th place out of 16 runners.

CDO is a solid jumper but will just need to settle in if he wants a chance of getting his second consecutive King George, as he is up against some classy individuals on the day. It would not surprise me at all if he does win the race, as he loves the trip and course and certainly has the talent in his locker to win again.

Where do I start with the 11yo Colin Tizzard trained warrior that is Thistlecrack. He is an absolute superstar, with many top race wins under his belt to show off including four Grade 1’s and multiple Grade 2’s, this horse was one of the main reason why I got into horse racing and really caught my attention to this wonderful sport.

The Colin Tizzard charge has already won the King George and I can see him running a great race again in conditions that will suit. Betway have priced up him at 16/1.

Footpad is the only Irish raider in the race and looks a fascinating prospect. Don’t get me wrong, this will be a hard test for the Willie Mullins horse as it will be the first time he steps anywhere near up to 3m but looking at his last display at Thurles I am confident he can handle the task. I like him as an each way prospect and he could give the Irish a rare good day in this race at odds of 9/1 with Betway.

What an incredible race we have on offer. My pick for the race is the classy Lostintranslation, he looks like a phenomenal chaser in the making and is a horse that is highly regarded by all connected with him.

However I will be keeping a close eye on Footpad, who I feel could run a huge race at 10/1 for the Irish, these are two horses I really like and wish well going forward for the rest of the season.

Good luck punters and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@JakeRuss1000) for a lot more cracking content like this.

Jake Russell’s Best Bets

King George VI Chase – Lostintranslation to win (7/4 Betway)

King George Vi Chase – Footpad each way (9/1 Betway)

All Betway’s Boxing Day racing odds