Nico De Boinville has issued a glowing report on the wellbeing of Coneygree, as the 2015 Gold Cup hero prepares for a racecourse return.
Coneygree became the first novice for 41 years to win the Gold Cup and his rider believes there is no reason why he can’t hit those heights again. The Mark Bradstock-trained nine-year-old never got the chance to defend his crown last year because of injury but his pilot reported after a recent workout on the Upper Lambourn gallops that he feels as good as ever.
De Boinville told the Racing Post: "He schooled last Friday and did again [on Monday] morning, and seems to like it up there.
"He feels in great nick so I've got no complaints there. He feels like he did during that fantastic season. We can tell his demeanour by the way he schools and he seems to be schooling very well at the moment, so fingers crossed it's all systems go."
Coneygree is best price 14-1 (10-1 in places) to win this year’s Timico-sponsored showpiece in March and looks set to kick-off his season in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 19, for which he is 5-1 chance with Paddy Power.
Cue Card has been installed 3-1 favourite for the Betfair Chase, ahead of 7-2 chance Djakadam.