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Meyrick plan for Tribulation

Cape Tribulation is on course to bid for back-to-back victories in the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day.

Malcolm Jefferson's smart performer took the Christmas feature at the West Yorkshire track last December, before going on to take the Argento Chase at Cheltenham.

Things have not gone his way so far this season, being pulled up in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase and well-beaten in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

"He's very well and is going to get an entry in the Rowland Meyrick," said Jefferson.

The North Yorkshire trainer has a post-Christmas assignment in the Betfred Goals Galore Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury on December 28 for his promising young staying hurdler Oscar Rock.

The five-year-old was an emphatic winner on his debut over the smaller obstacles at Wetherby in early November. He was then turned over by Ballyalton at Newcastle but his conqueror franked the form when beating Garde La Victoire at Cheltenham on Saturday.

"He's very good and he'll go to Newbury for the Challow Hurdle," said Jefferson.