Cape set for Hurdle run
Malcolm Jefferson's Cheltenham and Aintree hero Cape Tribulation will make his seasonal return in the John Smith's Hurdle on Saturday week.
Having mixed hurdling and chasing with varying success last winter, it all came together for him in the spring when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham and a Grade Three handicap at Aintree.
He had a run on the Flat at York earlier this month and was just touched off.
"We are looking at the John Smith's Hurdle for Cape Tribulation. He has come out of his race at York in smashing form and I couldn't be happier with him," said Jefferson.
"His progress in the spring didn't surprise me. He has always been quite consistent and he started off last season running over fences but things just didn't work out for him. It's just one of those things, we put a few different jockeys on him and things like that but it just didn't go his way.
"He ran well to be fourth over hurdles at Haydock in February so we thought we would stay over the smaller obstacles and it paid off.
"We are going to give him an entry in the Hennessy as he is very well handicapped over fences. Unless something went wrong with Big Buck's - we are not going to beat him - we will probably give him a try back over fences at some point.
"I don't think the trip in the Hennessy will be a problem for him as he stayed on well at Cheltenham and Aintree and he is a very tough horse.
"If you look at the races he won at Cheltenham and Aintree last year, the ground was probably just on the quicker side of good really and as long as it's good, safe ground, that's OK for him."