Hennessy option for Coneygree

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Sara Bradstock has raised the possibility of Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree attempting to emulate Denman by carrying top weight to victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November.

While another run this season is doubtful, Grade Ones like the Betfair Chase at Haydock and the King George at Kempton could be on the agenda, but Bradstock and her husband Mark would love to see him held in the same esteem as Paul Nicholls' former chaser.

Coneygree became the first novice to win the Gold Cup since Captain Christy in 1974.

"Hundreds of people came back to the yard with bottles of champagne - our dream is that he's another Denman," said Mrs Bradstock.

"We might consider the Betfair Chase and the King George for sure, but possibly we will try to win the Hennessy off top weight."

Coneygree was bred by Lord Oaksey, founder of the Injured Jockeys Fund, and Sara Bradstock's father.

The Bradstocks train out of The Old Manor Stables, Letcombe Bassett, Wantage, formerly home to the legendary Golden Miller, winner of five Gold Cups (1932-36).

With the might of Rich Ricci's Djakadam and Gigginstown's Road To Riches chasing Coneygree up the hill, the eight-year-old kept up the gallop for a popular success.

Before the race the Bradstocks had been told by many they should have kept Coneygree to novice company but Mrs Bradstock told Channel 4 Racing: "He showed them didn't he. He had no idea about statistics or anything. He's the best.

"I was always completely happy through the race, once he got into a rhythm it was all good. After that he was either going to be good enough or he wasn't.

"All his family have all been natural jumpers but the concern with him was his long legs, they were too long for his body.

"He spent a long time jumping poles in the school, though, and now he's good.

"At the last I was just praying, I could see Ruby (Walsh on Djakadam) was coming but I didn't know if he'd caught us as I ran out from where I was watching it.

"It gives everybody hope, you don't need telephone numbers to buy horses and it proves fairytales do come true.

"Dad would be so proud, all these wonderful horses are down to him."

Coneygree was ridden to victory by Nico de Boinville and he hailed his jumping and stamina.

"It will take time to sink in, I'm still laughing and smiling," said De Boinville.

"He was so measured at his fences. I knew going downhill the first time he had absolutely loads left. I was never worried at any stage and stamina is what he does.

"I spoke to Dickie (Richard Johnson, who rode Coneygree when De Boinville was suspended at Newbury) and he told to to make sure I saved a bit with the ground being soft.

"He's so quick over his fences that he takes lengths out of them."

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