During the mid-1900's, a renowned pilot named Envoi Allen flew the "Tornado Flyer" along with a couple other famous racers to create a "King George VI Chase." The race was a spectacular success, and it is still remembered today.
Despite a poor record in Grade Ones, Tornado Flyer won the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Sunday. The four-year-old colt was trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by his nephew Danny. He was sent off at 28-1 but fought hard and swept down to win the race by nine lengths. He is now the biggest-priced winner in the race's history.
Tornado Flyer was one of five horses in Willie Mullins' yard. He was bred in Ireland by Sweetmans Bloodstock and shares sires with Waiting Patiently and Imperial Commander. He also shares the same pedigree as the legendary Hurricane Fly, who won the Grade One bumper at the 1990 Cheltenham Festival. He was purchased for EUR63,000 from Pine Tree Stud.
In the King George VI Chase, Tornado Flyer was ridden by Danny Mullins, who secured his first victory in a Christmas feature at the age of 29. Earlier on the card, he rode Jacamar to win the Grade 3 Klairon Davis Novice Chase at Navan.
Tornado Flyer had a solid start and grabbed the lead two out. He was never headed throughout the race and held nine lengths in hand over the two-time King George VI chase winner Clan Des Obeaux at the finish.
Tornado Flyer was the first Irish-trained winner of the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase since Tom Taaffe's Kicking King in 2005. Last season, Tornado Flyer landed the Grade 3 Klairon Davis Novice Chase. He beat the likes of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo, who finished fourth, and Clan Des Obeaux, who finished second. The other contenders included the Paul Nicholls-trained Saint Calvados, who finished third. Ultimately, Tornado Flyer provided Mullins with his second King George VI Chase win.
Taking place on Boxing Day, the King George VI Chase is one of the most prestigious races in the National Hunt calendar. Held at Kempton Park, the three-mile chase is open to horses aged four years and older. The winner of last year's race was Frodon and Bryony Frost.
Saint Calvados will run at Ascot next week. He is trained by Paul Nicholls and last raced on Boxing Day at Kempton Park. He was a decent third to Tornado Flyer and Frodon in the race last year. Despite his unfinished business over staying trips, the nine-year-old seems worth a punt at 25-1.
Saint Calvados has not won a race since he won the Cotswold Chase last season. He was unsaddled in the rearranged Cotswold Chase at Sandown in February. He went well fresh but was slow in the straight.
Paul Nicholls has won the King George twelve times and believes his three runners in the St Stephen's Day highlight are his strongest team yet. Saint Calvados is joined by Minella Indo and Frodon. Among the other ten runners are Clan Des Obeaux, who was the winner of the race in 2018.
The horse is in good form and he looks to be a good bet to win the race. He has been ridden by Gavin Sheehan in recent years but he has been criticised for his ride on Saint Calvados.
Saint Calvados is a nine-year-old chaser trained by Paul Nicholls. He has won all his races over two miles. He is currently rated 167 and looks worth a punt at 25-1.
Another of Paul Nicholls's hopes for the 2021 King George is Frodon. He was a class act last year and was partnered by Bryony Frost in the race. The pair led from the start and were a clear favourite. The horse has won two races at Kempton Park. He beat Waiting Patiently and Minella Indo in the Down Royal Champion Chase in October.
Despite a disappointing run over two-and-a-half miles, Envoi Allen remains an intriguing candidate for the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day. He has proven that he has the ability to win over bigger obstacles, and Henry de Bromhead hopes he can emulate Minella Indo's performance at Kempton last year.
The King George VI Chase is one of the most prestigious chases in the UK. It takes place over three miles on Boxing Day at Kempton Park. The course is known for attracting the best stayers in the country.
Paul Nicholls, a 12-time King George winner, has a fantastic record in the race. He has trained four entries in the three-mile contest.
Galopin Des Champs, a novice trained by Willie Mullins, has a good record. His official figures are comparable to Bravemansgame, but there is a strong market support for the gelding, who has won five of his seven races.
The reigning champion trainer will also have four entries in the race, including Bravemansgame, who has won three times. Eldorado Allen, who has won 11 of his 14 chase starts, is also a contender.
Envoi Allen is unbeaten in eight national hunt hurdle starts and has won twice at the Cheltenham Festival. He is unbeaten in eight chases since moving to Henry de Bromhead's stable, and has been tipped to challenge for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next year. He also has a strong record on soft ground and could prove a strong each-way investment.
The last time he won a race over three miles, he was on the back of a win in the Grade One Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal. He is currently rated 5-1 with sponsors, but is still very much a contender for the King George VI Chase.
Defending champion Frodon and Bryony Frost are looking to defend their crown in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. Last year, they were ridden by Bryony Frost to claim a stunning historic win, becoming the first female jockey to win the race.
Frodon and Frost also won the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham Festival last year. Their latest win came at Down Royal in October. They have also run well in the past at Kempton Park, winning the Champion Chase last time out.
The race is run over three miles and nine horses will go to post. Last year's winner, Southern Hero, is now the oldest winner of the race.
Paul Nicholls has trained a total of 12 winners in the last ten years. The trainer has a good record at the venue, winning the King George VI Chase on two of the last three occasions.
Nicholls also believes his three runners in the Boxing Day highlight are his strongest yet. Lostintranslation, 'Secretary' and Minella Indo are all in the race. 'Secretary' has been a good each-way player this season. However, he finished fifth in the John Durkan Memorial.
The Paul Nicholls team also has Clan Des Obeaux, one of the favourites. He has won the Punchestown Gold Cup and Betway Bowl this season. However, he has run a couple of poor races recently, including a disappointing run in the King George VI Chase.
Saint Calvados is another of the Nicholls entries. He ran a big race in last year's King George but tired in the straight. He has moved to Paul's yard and will go well fresh.
Another Nicholls runner, 'Secretary', looks to be a real contender. He ran a good race in the John Durkan Memorial and could be a massive each-way player in the 2020 King George VI Chase.
During the past decade, Kauto Star has been a superstar in National Hunt Racing. He is the only horse to win the Stayers Chase Triple Crown, as well as the only horse to win a King George VI Chase. He has also been known for his ability to bounce back from setbacks. Kauto Star has also been a superstar at the Cheltenham Festival. He has won the Betfair Chase four times, as well as the King George VI Chase twice. He is also a multiple Grade 1 winner, winning the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown at the age of 12 months.
He is also a two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. He was bought by Anthony Bromley on behalf of Clive Smith. Smith was once captain of Camberley Heath golf course.
He also won the Betfair Chase at Haydock. He has won 16 grade 1 races. He also has an impressive record of winning over distances from two miles to three and a quarter miles. He has been rated 191 by Timeform, which is the third highest rating of all time. He has also won races on Good to Soft and Soft going.
He has also finished in the top three in eight of the last ten races he has run. Kauto Star has won a total of PS2 million in prize money. He has also won PS1 million as a bonus if he wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Kauto Star's career seemed to be coming to an end in the 2010/11 season. However, he managed to stage the mother of all comebacks at Haydock Park. He returned to his racecourse stables, and it was a great moment when he was reunited with his old friends. The horse jumped well throughout the race, and made an impressive start over fences.