Coneygree misses King George

Coneygree misses the 32Red King George VI Chase after working unsatisfactorily on Saturday, Sara Bradstock has announced.

Coneygree: Ruled out of King George.

Bradstock said that "it wasn't worth taking the risk" and that he would now not run again until the new year, but that a bid at taking the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup for a second time next March remained firmly on the cards.

In his absence, Cue Card's odds to win the King George for the second consecutive year have understandably hardened, with Sky Bet cutting his price from 5/4 to 4/5 and Thistlecrack now just 11/4 despite his participation still being to be confirmed.

"He didn't work well on Saturday and he's just not right," said Bradstock's wife and assistant, Sara.

"I just know he's not himself. We're not taking any risks. He is fragile and we want him to be completely on song when he runs.

"We'll obviously take veterinary advice and then I'm sure the horse will tell us when he's right again.

"I know every breath he takes, I know every step he takes, I know exactly how he is and he's just not feeling good.

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"We'll still hopefully on for the Gold Cup, and maybe something before that."

Coneygree returned from a year off the track last month when second to Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock and a rematch between the two over Christmas had been greatly anticipated.

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