With 19-times champion jockey Tony McCoy not having a ride in the William Hill King George VI Chase he is well placed to give his opinion on the race.
He has surprisingly only won the Boxing Day showpiece once, in 2002 on triple Gold Cup hero Best Mate, although incredibly there have only been four individual winners since 2004, so it is not that hard to see why.
Given the choice, McCoy would ride the favourite and last year’s winner Silviniaco Conti, and feels there is even a bit of value to be had at current odds of around 5-2.
“I think Silviniaco Conti is very solid and that he’s actually quite a good price,” said McCoy on his William Hill podcast.
“He improved dramatically for his first run at Wetherby to Haydock. He was a good winner last year in a strongly-run race, which did suit him to be fair and I’d be slightly concerned that he might not get that this year, but he’s the best stayer in the race
“He’s got course and distance form and the others have to step up.
“Champagne Fever was a good winner last time at Clonmel and the step up in trip might bring out some improvement in him.
“Al Ferof won well at Ascot when he beat Somersby, Menorah has been very solid this season but was behind Silviniaco Conti at Haydock, the drying ground will help him, though.
“Cue Card was well beaten at Haydock so needs to improve a lot and after that you are clutching at straws with the likes of Johns Spirit and Wishfull Thinking, though I suppose Dynaste could improve.
“I think it’s very difficult to see past Silviniaco Conti, all the form points to him and I think he’s better than the rest of them.”