Marie’s Rock is on its way back to Kempton on the Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle Saturday following her same success on Boxing Day.
A seven-year-old girl, coached by Nicky Henderson, is one of 31 people who have entered the £ 100,000 race for the same distance of two miles and five stadiums.
This was his first achievement for almost two years exactly, although he only appeared a little after enduring several coaching challenges.
“After winning Boxing Day on the road and the distance, this was the next competition for him,” said Tom Palin, owner of Middleham Park Racing.
“He has always threatened to do this in the last few years, from his early days when he was very popular with mares at the Cheltenham Party but a few things have challenged him.
“He’s back strong on the straight and narrow road now and the wheels are back. It’s a £ 100,000 race and it will be interesting to see what he opposes.
“It will be difficult to get to Cheltenham. Hopefully, we can get past Lanzarote and that’s where we can go.”
Henderson also has Burrows Edge, Monte Cristo, Call Me Lord and Fils d’Oudairies on the list. Irish coach Emmet Mullins has two titles in Winter Fog and Rightplacerightime while the other hopefuls are Paul Nicholls’ Gelino Bello, Jamie Snowden-Trained Up For Parol, Philip Hobbs’ Earth Lord and Venetia Williams’ Green Book.
Dashel Drasher, who did well against Newbury last month, is set to return to the Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase.
The regular star Jeremy Scott is one of seven runners-up in the Second Grade race over a mile and a half. He has to take part in the competition before he can win back in the Betfair Ascot Chase next month.
The Nicholls Cage has two hands with Rouge Vif and Master Tommytucker and Defi Du Seuil coached by Hobbs, Eldorado Allen of Colin Tizzard, Mister Fisher coached by Nicky Henderson and Williams’ Fanion D’Estruval making septet.