Champion coach Paul Nicholls is planning a twin assault on the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day as he outlines new-season goals for his string.
9-year-old Clan Des Obeaux ended his marketing campaign with back-to-back Grade One successes in April, taking the Betway Bowl Chase at Aintree after which the Punchestown Gold Cup.
He had begun the time period in Haydock’s Betfair Chase, the place he was second, and lined up because the 85-40 favorite to take a 3rd King George having gained the competition in each 2018 and 2019.
The gelding was overwhelmed into third by stablemate Frodon and this yr will sidestep the Haydock contest and head straight to Kempton in December to attempt to regain his title.
“This yr his first run might be at Kempton within the King George and we’re not going to run him earlier than then as a result of I feel he’s good recent, and that Haydock race (Betfair Chase) takes a bit out of him,” Nicholls stated.
“The concept is to go Kempton, Newbury, Aintree and Punchestown. We are going to in all probability go to Wincanton for a gallop beforehand.
“We are going to attempt to win a 3rd King George with him and it might be nice if he can do this. If Clan runs like he did at Aintree and Punchestown, he would take all of the beating.”
Frodon can also be because of head for a similar race however will first journey to Down Royal on October 30 for the Grade One Ladbrokes Champion Chase, with Leopardstown and Cheltenham each on the desk as choices for 2022.
“Frodon will return and attempt to defend his title however he’ll go to Down Royal first for the great race there, then go to Kempton after which make a plan after Christmas which route we go together with him,” Nicholls stated.
“He had the run of the race within the King George however he retains shocking folks on a regular basis. Nonetheless, that’s the nature of the horse.
“I would go to Leopardstown with him after Christmas however we’ll hold all choices open. We’d enter him within the Gold Cup. I do know Mr (Paul) Vogt (proprietor) want to run him in that however I am not completely satisfied that’s his race.
“There are many good races for him. In the end, he loves Sandown on the final day of the season and the Oaksey Chase.”
Politologue gained his second Tingle Creek Chase final time period after which went on to complete second within the Clarence Home at Ascot, however a run within the Marsh Chase at Aintree noticed him nicely overwhelmed when coming dwelling 25 lengths behind the winner.
The gray may bid for a 3rd Tingle Creek come December, with the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham and the Desert Orchid at Kempton different choices earlier than a attainable tilt at regaining the Queen Mom Champion Chase title he lifted in 2020.
“He’s 10 occurring 11 however he’s nonetheless as enthusiastic as ever,” stated Nicholls.
“He gained the Tingle Creek final yr however it’s wanting even stronger on paper this yr.
“The opposite choice is to go for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham as he loves it there after which the Desert Orchid at Kempton. We’d then give him a pleasant break and go recent to Cheltenham. That’s one choice to do these three.
“John (Hales, proprietor) was going to retire him however his daughter Lisa, like me, has seen that he nonetheless has that enthusiasm. I wager he’ll run a blinder first day trip.”
Cheltenham is also the vacation spot for Cyrname, with the Gold Cup not dominated out ought to his prior Wetherby outing go to plan.
“He’ll go straight to the Charlie Corridor which he gained final yr,” Nicholls stated.
“I doubt he can have an entry within the King George this yr as I feel we’ve labored out that it would not actually go well with him. There might be different choices for him.
“I would not be afraid to enter him within the Gold Cup if he gained the Charlie Corridor. If we went there recent I feel Cheltenham would possibly go well with him, as he has bought time to fill his lungs up and it’s left handed, however that could be a great distance off but.
“He would not need to run too typically as he’s not straightforward to get proper however when he’s, he’s good.”