Marie’s Rock ready to roll in Lanzarote Hurdle | Racing News

Mary’s Rock will try to prove that she is a solid choice at Coral Lanzarote’s handicap hurdles in Kempton on Saturday on the back of her latest win at Sunbury.

The seven-year-old mare put her problems behind her back when she scored a convincing success with seven lengths on the track and distance on Boxing Day.

Links are now bullish on another big performance, with Marys Rock leading coach Nicky Henderson’s charge to the fourth win in that race in 10 years – and the fifth all-time.

“She had a bit of a laugh here, there’s a problem there, but she came back this season with a completely different mindset and she’s a completely different horse.

“It didn’t miss a day and we didn’t have any problems,” said Middleham Park Racing owner Tom Palin.

“She was gradually progressing towards what we saw on Boxing Day. Wetherby’s appearance was good, her run at Cheltenham was good, so it was no surprise to see her put in that kind of performance. She hasn’t done that since about Taunton two years ago.

“In previous renovations, I’ve checked a lot of boxes before this race. I hope there will be more to come, but we’ve always held them in high esteem.”

Paul Nichols expects Jellino Bello to do well after having to give his best Irish coach Charles Burns, bright prospect Blazing Khal at Cheltenham’s second-tier junior hurdles in his last two matches.

“He’s been beaten by a really good horse the last two times,” Dechett’s trainer said. “He’s in good shape and he’s getting better with experience and he’s jumping really well.”

“He’s a fun house horse who does everything well and I’ve always loved him. Like many of us, he’ll be a great stalker next season.

“Stop 138 puts him there with a chance in the form of his last two games at Cheltenham.”

Jimmy Snowden feels Up For Parol will be a fit for the track at Kempton after making a successful switch to smaller obstacles at Haydock four weeks ago.

After the six-year-old finished only fourth on his Ffos Las debut, the Lambourn boss had no doubts about returning to the woods.

“Up for Parol was a decent rookie in last season’s hurdles,” Snowden said. “He likes a few pieces in the ground and Chepstow’s Persian War has been a bit quick for him.”

“We sent him to chase at Ffos Las, but that didn’t work out, so we put him back over the hurdles and he won well at Haydock last time.

“He did all his victories on the flat tracks so I thought Kempton would be fine for him.

“I think that will be our biggest winner this season if he wins.”

Evan Williams hopes their two runners, Dans Le Vent and Bold Plan, will embody their presence. Dans Le Vent won a valuable disability slate at Haydock in November, while applying a cheek cut could help revitalize the fortunes of the Bold Plan.

“Dans Le Vent has had a great season and ran really well at Cheltenham last time. He’s done a great job for us. He’s in the weights, but we’ll give him a chance.

“Bold Plan lost his way over fences last year, but in his day he’s more than capable. Sheepskins might help him for the first time. If he bounces back into shape, he’s definitely on the right end of the weights.”

Other notable contenders include Green Brook, who ran a triathlon for Venetia Williams after winning Haydock and Ludlow, and ground pioneer Lord Phillip Hobbs – another three-timer, having recently won at Ascot.

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