Tornado Flyer causes 28/1 King George shock

Tornado Flyer caused a major shock at Kempton by landing the Grade One King George VI Chase at 28/1, with Danny Mullins riding to victory for his uncle Willie Mullins.

The shock success provided Ireland with a first King George victory since 2005, when Kicking King won back-to-back renewals of the Kempton showpiece.

In a race that was full of drama, Tornado Flyer was played late by Mullins and picked up the tiring duo of Clan Des Obeaux and Saint Calvados who kicked on for home around the final bend.

Asterion Forlonge

Asterion Forlonge was in a challenging position before falling at the final fence

Tornado Flyer’s stablemate Asterion Forlonge looked the sole challenger at the final fence, staying on well until the enigmatic seven-year-old pitched on landing and unseated Bryan Cooper, leaving Mullins and Tornado Flyer with an unassailable lead.

The winning distance in the end was nine lengths back to Clan Des Obeaux and Harry Cobden, with Saint Calvados in third and Frodon – ridden by Bryony Frost – in fourth, all trained by Paul Nicholls.

Clan Des Obeaux after winning the 2019 King George under Sam Twiston-Davies

Clan Des Obeaux after winning the 2019 King George under Sam Twiston-Davies

Lostintranslation, who didn’t travel throughout the race, finished back in fifth whilst Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo was eventually pulled up by Rachael Blackmore.

The winning rider was completing a double on the day, having struck earlier on Jacamar on what was his first trip to Kempton.