Foaled on February 23, 2007, Coneygree is a British racehorse which still remains undefeated in the Chase events. He takes part in the National Hunt races as one of the top Grand National names to back. Coneygree created history in 2015 when he became the first horse in more than 40 years to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup as one of the novice runners. It is undoubtedly a strong element that makes him one of the favourite runners for the Grand National 2017.
Coneygree made his debut at the National Hunt flat races in the 2011-12 season. In his first race, he managed to secure a victory at the Uttoxeter Racecourse by beating Dannanceys Hill.
The subsequent season saw the emergence of Coneygree as a top thoroughbred with victories at two hurdle events – Hyde Novices’ Hurdle and Bristol Novices’ Hurdle. Just when it seemed that he would build on this victory and be one of the top Grand National names, Coneygree suffered a pelvic injury in 2013 that saw him miss the entire campaign. His return in 2014, though, was spectacular as he managed to go on an incredible in terms of Chase events. Berkshire Novices’ Chase and Kauto Star Novices’ Chase were added to the list in 2014.
The greatest success that has transformed into one of the top horses in Grand National races was the Cheltenham Gold Cup success in 2015. Victory at the Denman Chase was one of the factors that lead to the success. Despite being a novice, his owners showed a lot of faith in running Coneygree at the Cheltenham Gold Cup and they were rewarded quite brilliantly.
He is expected to be one of the runners for Aintree Grand National. The only lingering doubt before placing him as a favourite for the victory is that Coneygree excels in terms of chases but his record at hurdles is still not the best.