Top Jumper Coneygree Retired After Ascot

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winner Coneygree has been retired with connections making the announcement immediately after the 12-year-old was pulled up at .

Coneygree, who won the showpiece in 2015, was having only the 18th race of an injury-curtailed but glorious career in Saturday's Keltbray Swinley .

He led until the 14th obstacle under , reviving final memories of their greatest triumph together nearly four years ago – but the exertions told as Coneygree was eventually pulled up two from home .

“Wear and tear and injuries have just got the better of him now, so we'll call it a day,” trainer Mark Bradstock's wife Sara told ITV Racing.

“I'm only sad because he (still) loves it. He still thinks he's a racehorse.

“I think what happens now is that it would be fine (to run him) on the perfect bit of ground and on the perfect day – but you can't risk hurting him for that. “

Bradstock hopes that home-bred Coneygree will continue to have an active career away from the track.

“He will come home, and we will make sure he is okay – then we will do something with him,” she said.

“We might do a bit of the Retraining Of Racehorses program with him. There is a good home for him here – and he will never leave my side.”

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