Coneygree not totally out of King George

Sara Bradstock is not ruling out supplementing Coneygree for the King George VI Chase after human error led to to the Cheltenham Gold Cup hero missing the first entry stage for the Boxing Day highlight.

Coneygree not totally out of King George

While dual winner Silviniaco Conti and Irish superstars Vautour and Don Cossack all featured among a stellar cast when entries for the Kempton showpiece were revealed on Wednesday, Coneygree was not on the list and Bradstock, wife and assistant to trainer Mark, has revealed his omission was down to a lack of computer skills.

Bradstock said: “I’m afraid we can’t blame anyone but ourselves.

Mark was doing the computer entries last week and I think he must have pushed the wrong button. As I keep telling people, we’re good with horses, but not so good at IT!”

Coneygree is due to reappear in the 188Bet Future Stars Chase at Sandown on Sunday before a likely tilt at Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup on November 28.

Should all go well on both starts, adding the eight-year-old to the King George field will be discussed, but Bradstock

hinted conditions would need to be testing.

“As always we’ll do what’s best by the horse. He’ll run on Sunday and then, all going well, he’ll go to the Hennessy and then if we felt supplementing for the King George was the right thing to do, we’ll do it,” she said.

“It might not matter as if we’re going to take on horses like Vautour, I think we’d want to do it when there is more of an emphasis on stamina.

“If it came up good at Kempton, we probably wouldn’t go anyway, but if it’s heavy and we thought it was right we could still do it.

On the other hand we might look at the Lexus (Leopardstown, December 28) instead, or we might even be better giving him more time and looking at the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (January 30).”

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