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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Hennessy Gold Cup hero Smad Place set for King George

Posted: 21st Dec 2015

Smad Place

Smad Place: bolted up by 12 lengths in the Hennessy

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Hennessy hero Smad Place set for King George

SMAD PLACE, who demolished his rivals in last month's Hennessy Gold Cup, is set to take his chance in Saturday's William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Trainer Alan King was initially not keen on running the impressive Hennessy hero in Kempton's Christmas cracker, but gave the go-ahead on Monday morning after the grey pleased in a schooling session under Wayne Hutchinson.

King said: "I'm going to confirm Smad Place. Wayne schooled him over six fences this morning and was delighted with him.

"Provided everything goes according to plan through the week he'll take his chance."

Smad Place, a general 14-1 chance for the King George, joins an elite Kempton cast that includes leading Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders Don Cossack and Vautour, the revitalised Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti, who is on a hat-trick in the track's most famous race.

Ten entries

The five-day confirmation entries for the Boxing Day showpiece were confirmed on Monday morning, with the main market principals remaining in the race.

Don Poli, Djakadam and Menorah were the main omissions, though not particularly surprising with the first two holding entries in the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28.

The ten remaining entries are: Al Ferof, Ballynagour, Cue Card, Don Cossack, Irish Cavalier, Road To Riches, Silviniaco Conti, Smad Place, Valseur Lido and Vautour.

Re-opened

The Grade 1 williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle was one of three main races at Kempton to be re-opened on Monday, with just eight entries made for the two-mile event.

Two races on Sunday suffered a similar fate - with the Grade 2 williamhill.com Novices' Steeple Chase (registered as The Wayward Lad Novices' Steeple Chase) also receiving eight entries, while the Grade 2 williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase attracted just five entries.

Confirmed entries for all three races will be announced on Tuesday.

Read more from Alan King in his Racing Post Weekender column - out on Wednesday

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