Bradstock calls for Coneygree caution

Sara Bradstock, wife of trainer Mark, admits there is still the possibility Coneygree could miss the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday.

The eight-year-old made his return to action at Sandown on November 8 for the first time since winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the gelding produced a superb performance to rack up a fifth straight success.

Coneygree’s participation at Newbury was in doubt this weekend after he spread a plate but, after a pleasing gallop on Sunday, the signs are looking positive.

Bradstock’s charge has been confirmed for the event but assistant trainer Sara says the team need to be cautious in case any other setbacks crop up before the race.

“We’re not totally out of the woods as there is always a chance a bit of pus might come out of the foot at some stage in the next day or two,” she said. “I’m not promising there is no chance he won’t run next week, but everything looks very good at the moment.”

Coneygree will be aiming to become the first horse since Denman in 2009 to win the Hennessy Gold Cup whilst carrying a weight of 11st 12lb.

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