Johnson waits for Coneygree

Richard Johnson is unlikely to know until Thursday morning as to whether or not he can ride Coneygree in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

Richard Johnson will have to wait until Thursday

The champion jockey schooled the 2015 Gold Cup on Tuesday morning and is trainer Mark Bradstock's first choice for the plum mount on Saturday.

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But Philip Hobbs, to whom Johnson is stable jockey, has Menorah engaged in the same race, while he also has a clutch of big names entered at Ascot on the same day.

The Minehead handler told the Daily Mail: "It will be a Thursday morning decision – the 48-hour declaration stage for the Betfair Chase.

"We won't know until then. It depends on the weather."

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