King George VI Chase: Coneygree ruled out of Boxing Day meeting

Coneygree won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a novice in 2015

Coneygree will miss the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who returned from a year off the track last month to finish second to Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, is said to be "fragile" and "not himself".

The Mark Bradstock-trained gelding underperformed in a gallop on Saturday.

Bradstock's wife and assistant Sara said: "I know every breath he takes, every step he takes, I know exactly how he is and he's just not feeling good."

Bradstock said on Twitter that next year's Gold Cup remains the priority for Coneygree.

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