Marie’s Rock is on target to return to Kempton for the Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle on Saturday following her win there on Boxing Day.
The seven-year-old mare, educated by Nicky Henderson, is amongst 31 entries for the £100,000 contest over the identical two miles and 5 furlongs.
It was her first win for nearly precisely two years, though she had been restricted to a handful of appearances after enduring a number of coaching issues.
“After she won on Boxing Day over course and distance, this was the obvious next race for her,” mentioned Tom Palin, of homeowners Middleham Park Racing.
“She’s at all times threatened to put up that sort of efficiency during the last couple of years, ever since her novice days when she was ante-post favorite for the mares’ novice on the Cheltenham Festival however a number of issues have gone towards her.
“She is firmly again on the straight and slim now and the wheels are again on. It’s a £100,000 race and it will likely be fascinating to see what opposition turns up.
“There will be a mares’ hurdle entry going in at Cheltenham. Hopefully, we can get through the Lanzarote and that is where we’d probably go subsequently.”
Henderson additionally has Burrows Edge, Monte Cristo, Call Me Lord and Fils d’Oudairies within the record. Irish coach Emmet Mullins has two entries in Winter Fog and Rightplacerightime whereas different fascinating hopefuls embody Paul Nicholls’ Gelino Bello, the Jamie Snowden-trained Up For Parol, Philip Hobbs’ Earth Lord and Venetia Williams’ Green Book.
Dashel Drasher, who put up a powerful weight-carrying efficiency over hurdles at Newbury final month, is ready to return to fences within the Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase.
Jeremy Scott’s steady star is amongst seven entries for this Grade Two contest over an prolonged two and a half miles. He is probably going to take on this race earlier than bidding for back-to-back victories within the Betfair Ascot Chase subsequent month.
The Nicholls steady are two-handed with Rouge Vif and Master Tommytucker with the Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil, Colin Tizzard’s Eldorado Allen, the Nicky Henderson-trained Mister Fisher and Williams’ Fanion D’Estruval making up the septet.