It should be a memorable King George this afternoon given the strength in depth of this stellar line up. The fact that the winner of the last 2 renewals is a 9/1 shot tells its own story. In truth I hope Vautour wins well, from the front, as he could go on to be the best, most versatile chaser we’ve seen since Kauto. However, I can’t hand on heart imagine he will be as effective over today’s trip as he is over that little bit shorter. His speed is potent and makes him so effective over 2 to 2 and a half miles but it’ll take a career best by some way to win this. His price is too short for a horse stepping into the unknown. In many way Don Cossack can be considered a decent price. I think he’s better this way round, the ground will be ideal, and this could well be set up for something coming from just off the pace as is his want. His Punchestown form is about the best going and I really fancy him for all it’s a no bet race.
Earlier on the card I’m tempted by a few in the novices’ handicap chase. I'd imagine Full Shift will be seen to better effect back up in trip at a track he’s won at. Sent off favourite last time, he was too bad to be true but he’s better than that. Also sent off favourite last time was Germany Calling but he couldn’t dictate. The run also came after just 3 weeks off and he looks a better horse fresh. Not seen for 7 weeks now, it's hardly an absence but we should see a zestier performance this afternoon, particularly if left alone up top as could well be the case. If he’s take on we may know our fate early but he’s worth having at double figures. The ground is a worry as he's undoubtedly better on a decent surface but that's factored into his price.
Later on the card there are a couple at prices worth having on side in the 2m 5 handicap hurdle. Max Forte makes his handicap debut off a lenient looking mark based upon his last run. He was giving weight to the 1st and 2nd in the form of Always Lion and Robin Of Locksley, who has gone on to frank the form. Ben Pauling thinks an awful lot of Always Lion and I fancy they could be 140 horses in the making, meaning 128 looks fair for Max Forte. He’ll have company up top but not too much and Tom Scudamore could turn out to be a good booking here. Even bigger a price is Little Boy Boru who is likely to find something better treated. However, he’s dropped a fair few pounds in the handicap, now 6lb lower than when 2nd to Tea For Two here over course and distance and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him involved. Ground, trip and track are certainly in his favour and if they do go hard up top, which is very possible, he’ll not be inconvenienced at an e/w price.