Brian Hughes on board for Cape Tribulation treble bid
Malcolm Jefferson is looking to Cape Tribulation, under Ulster jockey Brian Hughes, to provide him with a third success in the last four years in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day.
Cape Tribulation took the prize in 2012 after According To Pete had done the business for the North Yorkshire trainer a year earlier. Third to Cloudy Too 12 months ago, Cape Tribulation now tries to resume his trainer's winning ways in the three-mile feature at the Yorkshire track.
"He should run very well. We're hoping for a big run," said Jefferson.
"I think he's in good order. He likes the track so we have our fingers crossed."
Cloudy Too's trainer Sue Smith relies on Vintage Star to give her back-to-back victories.
Vintage Star goes to Wetherby after finishing third to Hey Big Spender in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle four weeks ago.
"He is in excellent order at the moment and at Newcastle he had James Reveley on for the first time," said Smith.
"Hopefully, he should put in a good run around Wetherby as the race is right up his street."
Fentara fell in the Newcastle contest and trainer Mark Walford reports the mare to have escaped unscathed, though he feels she is too high in the handicap.
"She's in good form at home, but she's probably just a bit too high in the handicap, said Walford.
"She has always run well at Wetherby. She won what was probably a moderate race there and went up to 139 and she runs off 138 on Boxing Day.
"It's high enough for her, but she's well and likes the track."