Warren Greatrex hopeful of a big run from Star Of Lanka in Saturdays Lanzarote Hurdle while confirming La Bague Au Roi is set to sidestep Cheltenham
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WARREN GREATREX is confident that Star Of Lanka can shine bright in Saturday’s Lanzarote Hurdle.
The exciting five-year-old impressed when completing back-to-back wins at Hereford in December.
Warren Greatrex is confident for a big run from Star Of LankaGetty Images – Getty
And he is now a best-priced 10-1 shot with the bookies for the big 2m5f handicap at Kempton this weekend.
Greatrex, who was at Doncaster on Wednesday to watch his Theatre Territory run second, reckons his horse is on a dangerous mark.
He told Sun Racing: “He has won his last two and the horse who he beat last time won well at Lingfield last week.
“He has been given a mark of 128, so for me we definitely had to go down the handicap route. I think he will be very, very competitive off that mark.
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“I like him a lot and his work is getting better and better.”
The top trainer also had an update on his wonder mare La Bague Au Roi who beat the boys in the Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.
She will head to Ireland next for the Flogas Novices’ Chase but is likely to skip the Cheltenham Festival.
He continued: “She is very well, she heads to Leopardstown on the 3 February. She hasn’t done a lot since Kempton, but she is thriving at the moment.
La Bague Au Roi is likely to miss CheltenhamPA:Press Association
“She will be given entries at Cheltenham, but right now the thinking is Leopardstown and then Aintree.”
Veteran trainer Kim Bailey is another gearing up for a big weekend, and he was all smiles after 5-6 jolly Diamond Gait bolted up at Donny.
His Grade 2 winning stars Rocky’s Treasure and Charbel will head to Warwick and Kempton respectively on Saturday.
Bailey told Sun Racing: “Rocky’s Treasure is in good shape. He worked and schooled Wednesday morning and that went very well.
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“The ground was quick when he won at Doncaster, he is a top of the ground horse so he won’t mind if it stays dry.”
Charbel is the 2-1 favourite for the 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton following an easy win in the Peterborough Chase.
Bailey added: “It was great to see him go and win like that at Huntingdon, we always knew he was capable of it.
“I don’t know if he has improved for that, but he is giving off the impression at home that he is in very good form indeed. It could end up being a very good little race.”