Owners confirm King George for Thistlecrack

Thistlecrack: will have fourth chase start in King George

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Owners confirm King George for Thistlecrack By David Baxter 10:46AM 19 DEC 2016

THE most eagerly anticipated clash of the jumps season is on, as Thistlecrack was confirmed for next Monday's 32Red King George VI Chase by owner John Snook.

Connections have been debating long and hard whether to let Thistlecrack step out of novice company into a race where he will face, among others, stablemate and defending King George champion Cue Card.

But Snook confirmed the match jumps fans are dying to see, as he told Somerset Live: "It's definitely the King George for Thistlecrack – it's always been my intention to go that way provided the horse has been coping with jumping fences and we think he has.

"His win at Newbury on Hennessy day confirmed that – there was nothing wrong with that performance – and provided he's 110 per cent on the day we'll be in the King George."

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