Nacarat (nearside) winning the Charlie Hall Chase at WetherbyPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Nacarat in top form for Saturday's King George
TOM GEORGE on Tuesday said Nacarat was at the top of his gameas he put the finishing touches to his preparation for Saturday's rearranged William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton.
Nacarat finished 41 lengths behind Kauto Star when fourth in the race last season having been sent off a 25-1 chance but a return win in the Charlie Hall Chase, followed by a fourth behind Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander in the Betfair Chase, means he will figurea lot more prominently in the betting this time round.
The nine-year-old is as short as 9-1 third favourite behind Kauto Star and Long Run and George is looking forward to seeing him take his chance on the weekend.
He said: "We have been delighted with him. He did his last piece of work this morning and I could not have him any better in my opinion. There are a few days to go, but we could not be happier with him at this stage."
George believes that trying to go with Kauto Star in good to soft ground late on last season may have cost Nacarat the chance of finishing in the frame, and he ishoping that he may be not so testing this time round.
He told At The Races: "I thought last year with the right pace we could have beaten the rest of them but we paid the price for trying to go with Kauto on the home term when nobody else could on ground which was very testing.
"So we just hope that the ground is not quite so soft this time and we have got to ride the race as it comes."
Paddy Brennan is due to take the ride on Nacarat.
Long Run was also reported to have gone well at home on Tuesday morning by owner Robert Waley-Cohen.
He said: "Sam [Waley-Cohen] popped him over a couple this morning and I've never seen him jump so well, he seems to have got the message. I think he'll jump fine.
"The thing I'm worried about is not his jumping, the thing I'm worrying about is Kauto Star!He's the reigning king but all reigning kings have to look out for the young progressive horses."
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