Riverside Theatre can steal the show in King George VI Chase

21:42 23 December 2012

Riverside Theatre ridden by Barry Geraghty going to post for the Ryanair Chase on St Patrick

Riverside Theatre ridden by Barry Geraghty going to post for the Ryanair Chase on St Patrick's Thursday, during Cheltenham Festival.

EMPICS Sport

Horse Talk: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news

Riverside Theatre can defy a lengthy absence to win the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day for trainer Nicky Henderson who saddles two fancied runners.

The selection was pulled up at his last outing at Aintree in April. But Henderson, who also saddles market leader Long Run, believes the lack of a recent run will suit the Kempton course specialist who was second to Long Run in this race two years ago.

“Riverside Theatre is very good fresh he is very fit and to be honest with you he is ready to run now,” Henderson said ahead of confirmation of the field of 10 runners for the big race on Wednesday.

“You have only got to look at his profile and his history and you will see that he won the Ascot Chase last year and that was 365 days before he won it again this year without a run.

“We have always said we were going to do it this way and we have even contemplated saying that he might only have two runs all season.

“His form off those big breaks is terrific. He is first class and he is always good like that so we just decided that might be the sensible way to do it. And that is the plan.”

The biggest threat is likely to be the 2010 Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Cue Card who was hugely impressive on his comeback at Exeter last month and is racing over three miles for the first time.

Junior, who was supplemented for the race at a cost of £10,000 to his connections last week, is fancied to complete the placings.


Live Blog Transfer Window Live July 28

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Saturday, August 1, 2015
There were worries about Diego Costa and his hamstring but the striker trained fully on Friday. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Diego Costa will be fit to play in the Community Shield after he was photographed training with his Chelsea team-mates ahead of Sunday’s Wembley clash against Arsenal.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal takes on Nathaniel Clyne but should either be in your fantasy team?  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Having problems making that £100m Fantasy Premier League kitty stretch? Finding yourself stuck with Diego Poyet instead of Diego Costa? Then read the first of our fantasy football season previews.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has revealed one of his techniques on the training ground that fires up his Chelsea players.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes goalkeeper Petr Cech could still play at the top level for six years with Arsenal.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Kanu and Thierry Henry both made transfer moves during this week in years gone by but how many of these deals do you remember? (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger made one of the best signings in his managerial career, two Dutch internationals arrived for lengthy Premier League stays and Tottenham splashed £15m on a Blackburn winger during this week in years gone by.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more