Elliott eyes King George with Outlander

Outlander has emerged as a possible contender for the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton, with connections tempted to run in the Boxing Day feature after Coneygree was ruled out on Sunday.

Outlander (right): Could run in the King George

Coneygree, winner of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup, misses the race after failing to sparkle in his work and his absence has prompted trainer Gordon Elliott to consider running Outlander in Britain rather than taking up his Lexus Chase entry at Leopardstown on December 28.

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The eight-year-old joined Elliott from Willie Mullins in the autumn and while he has yet to win since making the move, he looked sure to collect in the Clonmel Oil Chase before falling at the last and lost little in defeat when second to Djakadam in the John Durkan at Punchestown.

Elliott told Betfair: "We're sort of half thinking, with Coneygree now being out, that we might aim Outlander at it.

"Obviously Gigginstown (Outlander's owners) have got plenty for Leopardstown (Lexus).

"He came out of his last race very well, so I'm thinking we might run him in the King George, all being well."

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