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Published: 11:46 | 30/6/16

Wetherby possible for Coneygree


Former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree is making good progress in his recovery from injury and could make his return in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

The nine-year-old sustained a hock injury as he was being prepared for a run in either the King George VI Chase at Kempton or the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

At the time it was hoped he would be able to defend his Gold Cup crown but he was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

He has made a good recovery from the injury and connections are considering a number of options for the nine-year-old with the Grade Two chase on October 29 as the potential target.

"He is great and is in very good form. He is cantering and has done a bit of jumping in the school," assistant trainer Sara Bradstock explained.

"He is having a summer holiday but we have just kept riding him as we don't want him to lose the muscle he has gained during his rehabilitation .

"He has three days off then I ride him for a day. He feels great and in two to three weeks’ time he will come back into proper training.

"It really all depends on the weather as to where we start him. We might run in the Charlie Hall if they get the rain up there at that point.

"Who knows, we might go to Haydock (Betfair Chase) as we might be tempted by the bonus.

"There is no point risking him as he is fragile enough as it is and he won't run on anything faster than the soft side of good. Hopefully we don't have a long Indian Summer."

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