Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree completes first day as delivery horse

Coneygree made good on his promise as the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner surprised a horse racing fan by delivering a hamper full of goodies.

Coneygree became the first novice to win the Gold Cup in more than forty years when he won at Cheltenham in 2015.

Having earned over half a million pounds during his career, the horse retired in February 2019.

But with this year’s Cheltenham Festival due to take place next week, behind closed doors, the famous horse came out of retirement.

Only he stayed away from the racecourse and instead surprised racing lover Dan Ashton by delivering a hamper of goodies.

CheltenhamGuides.com searched for the person who believes they are the UK’s biggest horse racing fan.

Ashton won with Coneygree strutting into his garden to say hello and deliver a hamper that will allow the fan to recreate a day out at Cheltenham.

Ashton said: “It was such a surreal experience seeing Coneygree walk up my road. I couldn’t really believe what I was seeing when he came right up to my front door.

“As a huge racing fan, the year you have to watch Cheltenham from home you can’t ask for any more than a Gold Cup winner paying you a visit.”

“To see a Gold Cup winner be on my doorstep was such an unbelievable experience. Coneygree was great to be around, he was so playful, really sweet and a lot of fun.

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  • “Sadly I’m not going to be able to make my annual pilgrimage to Cheltenham this year but I will be watching from home and looking forward to going again next year.

    Sara Bradstock, co-trainer of Coneygree, added: “Coneygree just loves attention and people admiring him. He enjoyed a career of feeling like a champion so it’s important that we always make him feel special.

    “He’s a great character and would hate to be stood in a field – he likes to make sure he has a lot of attention and that everybody knows him and he definitely got a kick out of it.

    “Coneygree is not just an incredible racehorse who gave us this wonderful day and wonderful year, he’s also our best friend.

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    “He loved bringing a smile to Dan’s face and being the centre of attention on the street. It just goes to show how happy these wonderful animals make people and we were delighted to be able to cheer up a racegoer who is missing out on their big day this year.”

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