- Kempton’s in style Boxing Day assembly did not disappoint as punters noticed an exciting King George VI Chase
- ANDY HOOPER was on the historic race meet to look at the unlikely hero come from the again to say victory
- DOMINIC KING: £800 horse pulls off a miracle as Hewick seizes on Shishkin’s error to win King George VI
Welcome again to the Soul of Sport, as Mail Sport’s ANDY HOOPER travelled to Kempton’s Boxing Day assembly for a dramatic King George VI Chase.
The race has lengthy been synonymous with the festive season, however Tuesday’s iteration ranks extremely for drama and against-the-odds storytelling because the unfancied £800 hero Hewick got here from the again to storm to victory.
It was set to be a battle between Shishkin, favorite Allaho, and final yr’s winner Bravemansgame and so they led the six runners into the ultimate two fences.
The well-fancied trio have been neck and neck till Shishkin dramatically fell after the ultimate fence, leaving Allaho and Bravemansgame to combat it out.
However Hewick wasn’t accomplished. The eight-year-old flew down the skin to say a shock and memorable win.
Elsewhere, Il Est Francais received the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase and the heavy favourite Constitution Hill claimed the Christmas Hurdle within the assembly’s two different Grade One races.
Hooper was at Kempton on Tuesday to seize the day’s greatest moments on the course and off it, and take in the festive environment.
Lengthy-shot Hewick (left) at one stage had odds of 549-1 in working regarded unlikely to get the higher of favorite Allaho (proper)
Punters turned out in droves on the iconic race assembly on Boxing Day, with some making a sartorial nod to the festive season
The King George VI Chase is a mid-winter jewel in bounce racing’s crown and an necessary Grade 1 displaying within the season
Racegoers could have opted to remain inside within the heat whereas the race’s runners made their closing flip across the parade ring
Kempton noticed 1000’s of tourists benefit from the Christmas Financial institution Vacation and journey to the storied racecourse
Between the day’s races, some needed to preserve themselves entertained with out the prospect of a fast journey to the bookies
Festive racegoers dressed up for the spectacle of their best wintry apparel – and will have proven off some Christmas presents
Mahons Glory clinched victory after pulling away early and beating favorite Emailandy within the 3.40pm Handicap Hurdle
Eager punters attempt to get one of the best view of the horses within the distance with binoculars on a well-liked day within the racing calendar
One younger fan took benefit of the array of meals stalls to take a break and have lunch on a time out in Sunbury-on-Thames
Paul Nicholls educated winner of the Kauto Star Novice Chase Il Est Francais who lived as much as his billing within the Grade One contest
Kempton Park welcomed ten of 1000’s of tourists to the festive season’s showpiece, which options three Grade Ones
Allaho (centre) was the sturdy favorite to take the King George VI however could not beat the late tempo of shock winner Hewick
Racegoers watched with curiosity because the unlikely winner got here out of the stalls useless final earlier than surging up the sphere late on
Hewick was nowhere to be see because the six runners ready to leap the final and head house (pictured: The Actual Whacker)
The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old Allaho had only one begin during the last 20 months, at Clonmel in November this yr
Followers have been unable to imagine their eyes after being handled to a well-known upset within the storied Grade One race on Tuesday
There have been no indicators of Boxing Day hangovers as racegoers loved the bracing contemporary air at Kempton the day after Christmas
Shishkin’s rider Nico de Boinville was unseated after the second-to-last fence to derail what might have been a promising win
Shishkin’s coach Nicky Henderson regarded involved after his 2022 Queen Mom Champion Chase winner slipped
However followers within the stand roared house the eventual winner Hewick on a staggering afternoon for Nationwide Hunt racing
Hewick’s jockey Gavin Sheehan punched the air with delight after sealing the well-known victory within the midst of a robust season