Trainers joust over King George prospects of Bristol De Mai and Might Bite

• Nigel Twiston-Davies and Nicky Henderson talk up hopes of top two in betting
• Sizing John ruled out and next appearance in Britain will be at Cheltenham

The King George VI Chase may be a fortnight away but the next running of the great race seemed to take shape during a long, informative press conference at Lambourn on Tuesday. Sizing John was ruled out, Cue Card was ruled in and the trainers of the top two in the betting had a bit of verbal back-and-forth about the tactics they expect to employ.

Nigel Twiston-Davies had already addressed the gathering on the Boxing Day prospects of his mighty grey, Bristol De Mai, and was quietly enjoying lunch on the fringes of the audience when his rival Nicky Henderson turned up. Henderson extolled the virtues of his Might Bite and suggested Bristol De Mai could have his limitations before realising that the other trainer was actually present.

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