Lil Rockerfeller aiming for triumphant hurdles return at Cheltenham

Neil King’s charge switches back in Cleeve after novice chasing spell

  • Tuesday 22 January
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Neil King is hoping the decision to revert back to the smaller obstacles with Lil Rockerfeller pays immediate dividends in Saturday’s Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.

While the eight-year-old did win his first three races over fences, he unseated his rider at Cheltenham and was found wanting upped in grade at Ascot when third of four behind Vinndication.

He was beaten less than a length in the 2017 Stayers’ Hurdle by Nichols Canyon.

“Lil Rockerfeller is in good order and the Cleeve Hurdle remains the plan,” said King.

“He did well over fences, but he has to keep going up in grade and it was just a question of whether his jumping would stand up to that test.

“The ultimate aim now is the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

“We will see what happens with the Cleeve on Saturday. He could then go for the National Spirit Hurdle (Fontwell, February 24) before the Festival.”

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