Irish trainer Henry De Bromhead confirms stable star Monalee will run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day
- The 7-1 shot will add much-needed spice to the Boxing Day line-up
- Nicholls intends to Cyrname, Clan Des Obeaux, Frodon and Real Steel
- Jockey Sheehan and trainer Greatrex set to appeal Newbury decision
Irish trainer Henry De Bromhead has confirmed his Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth Monalee will run in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day with Rachael Blackmore the likely rider.
De Bromhead said: ‘We were thinking of going to Kempton with Monalee last year and decided against it, but we felt if we didn’t do it this year, we’d never do it. I think the race should suit him.
‘Being a Grade One, Rachael is allowed to come over and ride, so I’d say it’s highly likely once she passes her Covid test.’
Monalee (above) will run in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day
Monalee is a 7-1 shot and his presence will add much-needed spice to a line-up which will be dominated numerically by Paul Nicholls, who intends to run four — Cyrname, Clan Des Obeaux, Frodon and Real Steel.
Meanwhile, jockey Gavin Sheehan and trainer Warren Greatrex are set to appeal against the Newbury stewards’ decision to find them guilty of breaching non-trier rules with 250-1 shot Beaufort.
The gelding was beaten over 70 lengths by Lecale’s Article in the maiden hurdle. Sheehan was banned for 14 days, Greatrex fined £3,000 and the horse banned from running for 40 days.
Ascot have said they do not expect crowd figures to return to 2019 levels until 2022 after the damage caused by Covid-19.
Chief executive Guy Henderson said: ‘Next year will be much more challenging without such support. Our modelling currently projects a significant figure pre-tax loss in 2021.’