James Kenealey horse racing
Morson were delighted that Clans Des Obeaux of the Morson-sponsored Paul Nicholls’ horse racing yard in Ditcheat, Somerset was the winner of the coveted King George VI Chase on 26th December 2018.
The horse, co-owned by Morson CEO Ged Mason alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Barber, beat away competition from two of Colin Tizzard’s entries to take the first position; Thistlecrack and the winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Native River. Clans Des Obeaux was ridden by jockey Harry Cobden.
The win was Paul Nicholls’ 10th King George winner, with his last being in 2014 with Silvinicaco Conti. He first won it in 1997 with future Gold Cup winner See More Business and famously won it five times in a row with Kauto Star. No other trainer aside from Nicholls has won the race more than five times in total.
"I was so lucky to have Kauto [Star] and all those good horses," said Nicholls looking back over his career. "You don't really miss it, you just feel privileged to be in that position. We just had to gradually try to get back there. Ten King George's is amazing and to win this for Paul, Ged Mason and Sir Alex [Ferguson] - well, it doesn't get any better. It's absolutely awesome."
Nicholls also looked to the future:-
"To have a horse like this, and with Topofthegame coming through as well, is fantastic. I think that's probably put us back on the top of the trainers' table for a little while. It will be impossible to stay there but we'll keep trying.
[Clans Des Obeaux] is a proper Gold Cup contender. From an October, when we had five winners, we've done amazingly well. Nicky [Henderson] has some super, super horses. We're getting there slowly and we'll make it interesting but it will be hard."
Morson is proud to end another successful year of sporting sponsorships with this fantastic win, and we look forward to more successes in 2019.