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Europe among George entries

Sizing Europe features among nine Irish-trained contenders to have stood their ground for the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Henry de Bromhead's Arkle Trophy winner, who was second to Kauto Star at the weekend could be joined by Tom Cooper's Queen Mother Champion Chase runner-up Forpadydeplasterer.

Other notable entries include Cooldine, Glencove Marina and J'y Vole from the Willie Mullins stable and the Edward Harty-trained Captain Cee Bee.

Kauto Star will bid for an historic fifth successive victory in the Christmas feature.

The Paul Nicholls-trained jumping ace equalled Desert Orchid's total of four victories in the £200,000 three-mile feature last season but is unlikely to be handed the race on a plate.

The 10-year-old, who made a successful reappearance in the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, has been installed 7-4 favourite with the sponsors after 30 entries were revealed.

They include last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Imperial Commander, who was just pipped by Kauto Star in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last November.

Kauto Star's stablemate What A Friend, part-owned by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, is among a five-strong entry from the Nicholls stable.

Nicky Henderson also has five possibles including Long Run, who returns to action in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, Riverside Theatre, owned by actor James Nesbitt, and Punchestowns.

The Philip Hobbs-trained Planet Of Sound, Ian Williams' Weird Al and Tom George's Charlie Hall Chase victor Nacarat are other classy performers in the list.


From Belfast Telegraph