King George bid not yet ruled out for Midnight Shadow

Midnight Shadow could still yet go for the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day following his fine effort in defeat at Cheltenham last weekend.

The eight-year-old, trained by Sue Smith, lost nothing in defeat when third to Coole Cody on Saturday, in his bid to follow up his victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at the Prestbury Park venue.

Smith is to discuss with Midnight Shadow’s owners whether to take up his entry in the three-mile Christmas feature, with just over two weeks between the races.

“We won’t know until we’ve got final confirmation. I haven’t spoken to the owners yet regarding it, but he’s come out of his race at Cheltenham very well,” said the Bingley trainer.

“The King George is still a possible. We’ll just have to wait on their answer.”

Looking back on Midnight Shadow’s gallant effort in trying to repeat his Power Power win in the Racing Post Gold Cup, Smith said: “I was very pleased with his run.

“He carried 11lb more than the winner and 9lb more than the second horse and he’s only been beaten two lengths. He put up a very good performance.”

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