Mount Benbulben will head straight to Kempton for the William Hill King George VI Chase on St Stephen’s Day.
The Grade One-winning novice looked certain to play a hand in the finish of the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on his only run to date this season but unseated Danny Mullins at the fourth-last.
Trainer Gordon Elliott and owner Barry Connell had discussed trying to get another run into him in a race like the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown but have decided to keep their powder dry and send him to England for the Christmas highlight.
“He’ll go straight to the King George now, there’s nothing for him,” said Connell.
“We could have run him in the John Durkan but that’s only two and a half miles and would have been too short.
“We’ll take him for a racecourse gallop a week or two before Christmas and hopefully that will put him spot on.”
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