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King sets sights of Stayers' for Rockerfeller

5th March 2019, 12:46 by Alex Jack

Neil King has confirmed he will step Lil Rockerfeller up in distance and class as his charge goes for the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle.

The eight-year-old won't feature in the Coral Cup and instead will run in the Stayers' Hurdle over three miles, in Grade One company at the Cheltenham Festival.

After a third-place finish last time out in the National Sprint at Fontwell, King feels Lil Rockerfeller is in good shape and is looking forward to seeing what his charge can do at Prestbury Park next week.

He said: "I thought it was a very solid run at Fontwell. It was the third time he has run in the race, and I thought it was probably the best National Spirit he has run in.

"He will go back up to three miles now for the Stayers' Hurdle, because I don't think he is quick enough for the Coral Cup. He was great after his run at Fontwell, and he looks a picture.

King added: "Paisley Park is the horse we have to beat, but we ran quite a nice race behind him in the Cleeve. He is possibly a bit overlooked, because he has got good course form there."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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