RACING: Coneygree's set for Cheltenham

Coneygree (left) is back at Cheltenham on Saturday

Coneygree (left) is back at Cheltenham on Saturday

First published in Sport

Coneygree is set to step up in trip in the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle when he returns to Cheltenham on Saturday.

The five-year-old, trained by Mark Bradstock at Letcombe Bassett, near Wantage, made all the running for an emphatic seven-length victory in the Grade 2 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs at Prestbury Park last month.

Now he will move up to three miles.

“Coneygree is on course for Saturday,” said Sara Bradstock, the trainer’s wife. “He came out of his run at The Open wonderfully well and he is in great nick.

“The idea of stepping him up to three miles now is to so that we have all of the facts in front of us when we consider which race to go for at The Festival.

“Everything that he does suggests the further, the better for him, but we would like to see how he gets on over three miles before committing to the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in March.”

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