Sara Bradstock has revealed that 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree will not race ahead of his bid to regain his crown, as niggling injury issues continue to beset the 9 year old.
“He’s good and we’re hoping he’ll be ready to run in the Gold Cup, but he won’t run before then,” Bradstock told Press Association Sport.
“He’s fine, but it came out in the wash that he’s jarred himself a little bit. It’s not a serious injury, but as we all know, while he is a miracle horse, he is fragile.
“You never really know with him, but I’m hopeful he’ll make the Gold Cup.
“We’ll walk him now for a month until he’s super-well and then we’ll see where we are.
“He’ll be fine by the time the Gold Cup comes around, the question is whether we’ll have him ready.”
Coneygree was racing for the first time in over a year, when finishing 15 lengths second to Cue Card in the Betfair Chase in November.
Bradstock was an interested observer as Cue Card was soundly beaten by stable mate Thistlecrack in the King George on Boxing Day.
She said: “I don’t think the King George told us much, really.
“Thistlecrack did what he did beautifully, but what did he do?
“Cue Card is a wonderful horse, but he has a few miles on the clock and I think he showed when he ran at Wetherby (third in Charlie Hall Chase) that he’s not as effective on good ground as he is on soft.
“He just beat Silviniaco Conti for second and he was miles behind him at Haydock.
“We wouldn’t be frightened to take Thistlecrack on, anyway.
“If we can get Coneygree there at the top of his game, he’ll be up for the challenge and we’ll try and show him who’s boss!”