The Giant Bolster: will have the assistance on Tony McCoy in the saddlePICTURE: Getty Images
McCoy on Bolster as ten declared for King George
CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy will partner The Giant Bolster for the first time in Wednesday's William Hill King George VI Chase after regular partner Tom Scudamore was confirmed to ride Grands Crus.
Both horses feature among a final field of ten for the Christmas showpiece revealed on Sunday, headed by former winner Long Run.
David Pipe, trainer of Grands Crus, left a decision on his participation until the last moment, with the seven-year-old recently undergoing a wind operation following a disappointing run at Cheltenham last month.
However, with the grey pleasing in his recent work, Pipe has given him the go-ahead for the Grade 1 chase, in the process opening the door for McCoy to ride The Giant Bolster.
Riverside Theatre, Kauto Stone, Cue Card, For Non Stop, Captain Chris, Champion Court and Junior complete the line-up.
The sponsors make Long Run their 7-4 favourite to regain his King George crown, with Cue Card next best in the market at 5-1.
The King George is one of three Grade 1 races on the card, with the Kauto Star Feltham Novices' Chase and williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle also taking place.
Seven runners - Dynaste, Hadrian's Approach, Lovcen, Molotof, Poungach, Theatre Guide and Third Intention - head for the Feltham while eight - Cinders And Ashes, Countrywide Flame, Darlan, Raya Star, Dodging Bullets, Get Me Out Of Here, Mad Moose and Punjabi - do battle in the Christmas Hurdle.