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Long Run tops King George hopefuls - with Willie Mullins leaving in Sir Des Champs

Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 13:38 | Comments

Sir Des Champs
Sir Des Champs

Willie Mullins' Sir Des Champs is the only Irish-trained possible left in for The King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen's Day for which 15 horses remain.

The chaser, who was second to Flemenstar in the John Durkan Chase on his last start, is also entered in the Lexus Chase at Leoprdstown on 28 December.

Long Run, a winner of the 2011 Kempton highlight heads the contenders for Nicky Henderson

Stable companion Riverside Theatre, runner-up to Long Run that day, has also stood his ground, while Henderson also has the 2012 Champion Chase victor Finian's Rainbow.

Philip Hobbs is represented by last season's third Captain Chris, Menorah and Wishfull Thinking.

David Pipe has supplemented Rehearsal Chase winner Junior and has left in Grands Crus, who would be having his first run since undergoing a wind operation.

Colin Tizzard has a leading contender in Cue Card, while David Bridgwater's Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster and Martin Keighley's Champion Court also feature.

Kauto Stone, half-brother to five-times King George hero Kauto Star, is Paul Nicholls' only entry after the defections of the injured Al Ferof and the ill-fated Cristal Bonus.  

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