NEWMARKET, England (AP) Coneygree is a doubt for the defense of the Cheltenham Gold Cup after being ruled out of this month's King George VI Chase because of injury.
British bookmakers have taken the 8-year-old Coneygree out of the betting markets for the Gold Cup, which he won in March at the first attempt.
British media are reporting Coneygree has leg injuries.
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Sara Bradstock, the wife of Coneygree's owner Mark Bradstock, says the horse will not run again this year and that his legs ''are a little big fragile.'' She didn't give a timeframe for his return Wednesday.
The King George, one of the highlights of the jumps calendar in Britain, is run on Dec. 26. The Gold Cup is on March 18.