Mark and Sara Bradstock, who trained the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree, decided to retire the horse after a disappointing run at Ascot on Saturday, the BBC report.

The 12-year-old led the Swinley Chase under Nico de Boinville up until the 14th, however, Coneygree was eventually pulled up two from home in the race eventually won by Calipto.

Talking after the race, trainer Sara said:

I’m only sad [about retirement] because he loves it, he still thinks he’s a racehorse.

Coneygree enjoyed a successful career and won the Festival feature in 2015 as a novice.

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The gelding became the first novice to win jump racing’s showpiece race for 41 years, however, Coneygree only competed in 18 races due to injury.

Saturday’s Swinley Chase was just Coneygree’s eighth race since claiming the Gold Cup three years ago, with the 12-year-old winning nine races out of 18.

Following the race on Saturday, Coneygree, who earned an impressive £526,589 in prize-money, received a fond farewell from the parade ring from numerous fans.