Might Bite 9-4 favourite for King George
Last year’s 32 Red King George VI Chase winner, Might Bite, and Altior are among four Nicky Henderson-trained entries for the Kempton Park feature on Boxing Day.
The champion National Hunt trainer is seeking to secure his fourth victory in the race.
Might Bite is 9-4 favourite with the sponsors and, if he takes in the Christmas highlight, which has attracted a total of 33 entries, he will attempt to join the list of 10 multiple winners in the past 40 years, the latest of which was Silviniaco Conti in 2013-14.
Native River, who beat Might Bite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, is one of three entries for Colin Tizzard, who has also put in 2016 winner Thistlecrack and Sizing Tennessee.
Willie Mullins, who has not won the race since 2001, when Florida Pearl triumphed, is responsible for five of the hopefuls and his quintet is headed by the exciting prospect Footpad, who could make his seasonal reappearance in the Fortria Chase at Navan on Sunday.
The King George is the middle leg of the £1million bonus treble for staying chasers. The first leg is the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Nov 24, and both Might Bite and Native River are intended runners at this stage.