William Hill King George VI Chase
Grade 1, Kempton Park
£200,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m, Class 1  
Monday 26th December 2016

Apr 19 Gordon Elliott has ruled out Don Cossack returning to Kempton for a crack at the King George VI Chase on St Stephen's Day.

The Gold Cup winner fell at the second-last fence when about to challenge Cue Card and Vautour in this season's Christmas cracker, but showed himself to be top drawer when winning the jumping highlight at Prestbury Park on 18 March.

Cue Card
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Cue Card
However, Elliott does not want to try to put the record straight as the course at Kempton does not play to Don Cossack's strengths.
"He definitely won't go for the King George. Obviously he had to travel and the track is a bit sharp for him round there I suppose," the County Meath trainer told At The Races.

"I haven't spoken to Michael or Eddie (O'Leary, connections), but if I had my way we'd go back to Punchestown again for the Grade Three he's won for the last two years.

"Then maybe go to Down Royal (for the JNwine.com Champion Chase) and from there have one run in between that and the Gold Cup."

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William Hill King George VI Chase 2015
£200,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in Places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Cue Card 9/2 P J Brennan
C L Tizzard 9
2nd hd Vautour (FR) 3/1 R Walsh
W P Mullins 6
3rd 13 Al Ferof (FR) 16/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 10
4th Smad Place (FR) 8/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 8
5th 23 Irish Cavalier (IRE) 40/1 B J Geraghty
Miss R Curtis 6
PU Ballynagour (IRE) 66/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 9
PU Silviniaco Conti (FR) 9/1 N D Fehily
P F Nicholls 9
F Don Cossack (GER) 15/8f B J Cooper
G Elliott 8
F Valseur Lido (FR) 25/1 J Ricou
W P Mullins 6

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