Neil King eyeing National Spirit repeat with Lil Rockerfeller

Wed 11 Jan 2017

Neil King will give Lil Rockerfeller a short break before preparing him for the defence of his Totepool National Spirit Hurdle crown at Fontwell next month.

After finding only Unowhatimeanharry too strong in the Long Walk at Ascot in December, the six-year-old finished a well-held fourth in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Following that lacklustre effort, the Upper Herdswick handler will now freshen him up before focussing his attentions on gaining a second successive victory in the Grade Two on February 25.

King said: "Lil Rockerfeller was very disappointing on New Year's Day, but he came home a very sick horse. He was not himself at all.

"He will have a break now and that was always the plan after New Year's Day, so that is what he is currently doing. He is just out in the paddock enjoying himself.

"We will then try to go back to win the National Spirit again."

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