Marie’s Rock seems to continue the good times in the Coral Lanzarote Hurdle

Marie’s Rock seems to be keeping the good times rolling with a win in the Coral Lanzarote Hurdle after stepping up the journey the Oracle worked at Christmas

  • Marie’s Rock can continue renaissance with victory in Coral Lanzarote Hurdle
  • Stepping up on the journey over Christmas seemed to have given her more time to find her way
  • Bob Olinger will try to make it two wins from two over fences in Punchestown



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One step up in the journey, the oracle worked for MARIE’S ROCK (Kempton, 2.40) at Christmas and she can continue her renaissance with the win in the Coral Lanzarote Hurdle.

The Seven Barrows wagon under trainer Nicky Henderson is starting to get into gear with big guns Epatante, Champ, Jonbon and Constitution Hill having flexed their muscles in recent weeks and the mare benefited from a patient Adrian Heskin ride to a considerable handicap on boxing to stagger Day at the location of Saturday.

Admittedly, she’s not quite straight as she got really hot that day, but it didn’t stop her from finishing a race at a good pace vigorously and, if rider Nico de Boinville can knock her out on Saturday, her finishing kick could be a powerful weapon.

Marie's Rock (pictured) can continue its renaissance with victory in Coral Lanzarote Hurdle

Marie’s Rock (pictured) can continue its renaissance with victory in Coral Lanzarote Hurdle

Patience has been a virtue in this event in recent runs, with eight of the last 10 renewals falling on a horse described as held up.

It seemed that Marie’s Rock had more time to regain her feet as she ramped up the trip and, after two wind surges during her eighth racing career, the slightly slower pace of a handicap during a trip may also help her breathe.

Henderson is three handed in this afternoon’s feature handicap and as he has won three of the last 10 runs we may not have to write off Call Me Lord of Monte Cristo and the latter could be a huge prize if he keeps his 25-1 form 2020 course and distance win in the same handicap that Marie’s Rock won en route to this race.

Stepping up the trip seemed to give Marie's Rock more time to find her feet and help her breathe

Stepping up the trip seemed to give Marie's Rock more time to find her feet and help her breathe

Stepping up the trip seemed to give Marie’s Rock more time to find her feet and help her breathe

There are others also drawing attention for tasty prices with Cabot Cliffs arguably overpriced now that he agrees to settle a little better.

His attempt at an Ascot handicap last November behind Captain Morgs has paid off and after he was held up he made good progress to suggest he is worth a shot on Saturday’s distance.

With a number of firms offering enhanced seat offers, he is the type to appeal every time to a team that boasts a stellar record in handicap hurdles.

BOB OLINGER, 6-4 favorite for the beginners’ first two-and-a-half-mile pursuit at the Cheltenham Festival, will try to turn it into two wins from two runs over fences at Punchestown ahead of Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore on Sunday.

Opponents in the Kildare Novice Chase include Gaillard Du Mesnil, second to Bob Olinger in the Ballymore Novices’ Chase at last year’s festival.

Bob Olinger (pictured) will try to make it two wins from two runs over fences in Punchestown

Bob Olinger (pictured) will try to make it two wins from two runs over fences in Punchestown

Bob Olinger (pictured) will try to make it two wins from two runs over fences in Punchestown

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