ANY outside chance of reigning Gold Cup hero Coneygree returning from injury to defend his Cheltenham crown in March has ended with connections deciding it “prudent” not to rush the star stayer back into action this season.
Coneygree was being aimed at the William Hill King George VI Chase or Lexus Chase when ruled out of those Christmas assignments with a hock injury last week and has been under observation at Newmarket Equine Hospital since.
While connections are adamant he will make a full recovery the decision has been made to put a line through this season, with the focus now on a return to the track for the 2016-17 season.
“He’s still being assessed in Newmarket, but we’ve decided it’s prudent not to try to get him ready this season,” assistant trainer Sara Bradstock told the Telegraph.
She added: “He has a carefully planned rehabilitation and everyone believes he’ll make a full recovery for next season.”