Henderson to send Marie's Rock straight to Cheltenham
Connections of Marie's Rock have confirmed she will head straight for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The five-year-old will head to Prestbury Park for the first time in her career following three consecutive wins.
Marie's Rock has yet to lose after wins at Ffos Las, Haydock and Taunton and the daughter of Milan looks one of the best mares ahead of the 2020 Festival.
Marie's Rock is the favourite for the race, with Minella Melody and Lamarckise her nearest rivals but connections believe a short break will do her the world of good.
Tom Palin, Middleham Park's National Hunt manager, said: "These things can change, but at this stage, the plan is for Marie's Rock to head straight to the Festival, where her only entry will be in the mares' novices' hurdle.
"We didn't really want to run her this weekend, and next weekend there is not much for her unless she was to carry a double penalty in an ordinary novice. There probably wouldn't be much point in doing that apart from jumping a few hurdles in public.
"Nicky Henderson is the master of getting horses ready for Cheltenham at home, and he's happy to do that.
"We respect all the opposition, but Marie's Rock has been towards the head of the betting all the way through, and we'll find out if she's good enough on the day."
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