Harrington’s chaser will skip the Grade 1 contest at Kempton on Boxing Day regardless of his spectacular return
SIZING JOHN won’t run within the 32Purple King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Jessica Harrington’s chaser made a profitable return within the John Durkan on Sunday however will miss a visit to Kempton later this month.
Harrington stated: “If he runs anyplace at Christmas he’ll run at Leopardstown (Christmas Chase).
“It is just 16 days from his final run to the King George and there’s the travelling and every part else.
“I was absolutely delighted with him at Punchestown. Things were not ideal. The fact the ground was heavy was the main scare.
Sizing it up
Here’s how they bet for the King George:
- Might Bite 11/8
- Bristol De Mai 7/2
- Thistlecrack 6/1
- Fox Norton 7/1
- Douvan 10/1
- Djakadam 12/1
- Whisper 12/1
- Disko 20/1
- Tea For Two 20/1
- Politologue 25/1
- Road To Respect 25/1
- Top Notch 25/1
- 33/1 bar
“I was very happy with him. I was happy before we didn’t go to Haydock. The fact we had an extra couple of weeks we kind of backed off him to get him fresh.
“He is fresh and well in himself.”
Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson is hoping for the right ground for ante-post favourite Might Bite who made an impressive return at Sandown last month.
“He had a nice time at Sandown and this fellow, as everybody knows, is not without idiosyncrasies,” admitted Henderson.
“When we finished last season, we all went to bed knowing the King George would be his first objective. I think the track essentially plays to his strengths in that he gets into a real, solid gallop. The good thing about Kempton is there is no reason for deviation.
“What we saw that day at Kempton last year was impressive (until he fell). That pointed us in the direction of going back for the King George.
“We’re very much hoping for good ground as he is a very good mover.”