Might Bite 9-4 favourite for King Ge­orge

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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.

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