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Shishkin's Misfortune and Hewick's Fairytale in the King George VI Chase

Shishkin's Misfortune and Hewick's Fairytale in the King George VI Chase

Drama Unfolds at Kempton's Boxing Day Race

Ben Linfoot reflects on a Ladbrokes King George VI Chase filled with unexpected turns anda surprising conclusion, where Hewick emerged victorious amidst dramatic circumstances.

A History of Drama in King George VI Chase

Rwcenrt King George VI Chase at Kempton is synonymous with drama, a tradition that continued this Boxing Day. Memorable moments from past races set the stage for this year's event, where Shishkin joined the list of horses affected by the race's notorious unpredictability.

Shishkin's Struggle and Triumph

Shishkin, carrying the burden of past reluctance at Ascot, started the race under intense persuasion from jockey Nico De Boinville. Despite initial hesitation, Shishkin displayed impeccable form throughout most of the race, leading the pack and showing promising signs of victory.

The Turning Point: Shishkin's Slip

In a twist of fate, Shishkin's excellent performance was marred by a slip after a jump, leading to De Boinville's fall and effectively ending their race. This incident shifted the odds dramatically, with Allaho and Bravemansgame briefly taking the lead.

Hewick's Remarkable Comeback

While the focus was on the leaders, Hewick, an £800 purchase, made an extraordinary comeback. Initially trailing, he surged past the tired frontrunners in a stunning display of resilience, clinching victory against all odds.

Gavin Sheehan's Exemplary Performance

Jockey Gavin Sheehan's triumphant finish, marked by his celebratory stance, was a testament to his skill and Hewick's unexpected prowess.

Post-Race Analysis

Shishkin's Future Prospects

Despite the misfortune, Shishkin demonstrated his talent without any quirks. The question remains: will he find success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Allaho and Bravemansgame: Room for Improvement

Both Allaho and Bravemansgame showed potential, but their performance indicated a need for their trainers to fine-tune their skills for future Grade 1 races.

The Real Whacker's Untapped Potential

The Real Whacker, yet to show his best form this season, may require more challenging races to truly shine.

Conclusion: Hewick's Memorable Victory

Hewick's unexpected win in the King George VI Chase adds a new chapter to the race's dramatic history. While Shishkin's slip was a moment of misfortune, it only adds to the lore of this event, making Hewick's victory all the more remarkable and memorable.

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