Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

JOIN THE GREE CLUB; Coney to Pick Up Where He Left off Tent Won't Be Pegged Back

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

JOIN THE GREE CLUB; Coney to Pick Up Where He Left off Tent Won't Be Pegged Back

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Byline: Garry Owen

CONEYGREE can demonstrate that he's still king of the staying chasers when he takes the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock.

Mark Bradstock's pride and joy has endured a real stop-start career but he showed plenty of class over timber a couple of years ago with a brace of victories at Grade 2 level.

Chasing was always likely to be his game however, and he proved his worth right away when galloping the highly regarded Dell' Arca TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE into the ground at Cheltenham in November 2014.

Switched to three miles, the Karinga Bay gelding put in a even better performance to land a Newbury Grade 2 before taking a strong field apart in the Feltham at Kempton.

He took the move into open class in his stride with another demolition job in the Denman at Newbury, earning himself an ambitious tilt at the Gold Cup.

That definitely proved to be CONEYGREE'S (3.00) crowning glory as he produced another sparkling round of jumping and galloping to beat Djakadam and Road To Riches up the Hill.

Injured when resuming his career in some style at Sandown a year ago, I reckon the gelding can pick up exactly where he left off having gone always well fresh in the past.

Recent rain in Merseyside should be right up his street and he can burn off some classy rivals from the front en route to another tilt at the Blue Riband.

Bradstock said: "It is going to be quite an ask for him after having a year off but we are looking forward to it.

"It has been frustrating and depressing, not just for us but for his owners, Nico and everybody. He is a pretty cool horse. Luckily, his owners are very patient. I have a wife who spends more time looking after Coneygree than she does me!

"He has done plenty of work and had a very good preparation because he did not have a complete holiday out in the field. Sure, one would have liked to gallop him more often on grass but apart from that he is in great nick. Hopefully, he will do himself justice."

MY TENT OR YOURS (1.50) can make his class tell in the Betfair Price Rush Hurdle. Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old is a dual runner-up in the Champion and should make short work of today's rivals. …

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