Foxhunter fancy Hazel Hill heading straight to the Cheltenham Festival

Hazel Hill winning at Warwick
Hazel Hill winning at Warwick

Philip Rowley plans to send leading St James's Place Foxhunter contender Hazel Hill straight to next month's Cheltenham Festival.

After running out an impressive winner at Warwick on his last start, the evergreen 11-year-old will now bid to maintain his unbeaten record under rules at Prestbury Park on March 15.

Rowley said: "Hazel Hill in in great form. We would probably have run him on the Sunday just gone at Chaddesley Corbett, but that meeting was off due to racing being shutdown with the equine flu.

"The Walrus at Haydock was a possibility, but I think it falls too close and I imagine he won't run now until Cheltenham.

"He has come out of the race at Warwick really well and has shown no ill effects. He is in tip-top form.

"It is very difficult to say if he is the best I've trained on the back of one very good run, but he is smart and under raced for his age. As long as I can keep him in one piece, he should go nicely at Cheltenham."

Although the prolific point-to-point winner is yet to run beyond three miles, Rowley, who has saddled Barel Of Laughs to finish third in the last two renewals of the race, feels he should have no problem in getting the trip.

He added: "He is quite relaxed so I don't think the trip should be a problem, but you don't know for definite until you are there.

"He might not take to Cheltenham as some horses don't. He has never been there before, but fingers crossed he will be fine.

"I've finished third in the race for the last two years so hopefully he can go two places better, but if he finished second, he will still have run a good race as it is another level up for him."

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

There's a classy card at Wetherby on Friday1

Sunday's racing preview

Queen's Magic is Keith Hamer's best Sunday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

2

Daily Nap: Follow the Leader

David Ord's last two Sporting Life Daily Nap selections have won at 3/1 and 5/1 - don't miss his Sunday tip that runs at Huntingdon.

Brio Conti (25/1) was among eight Saturday winners for Paul Nicholls3

The great eight for Nicholls

Ten-time champion trainer saddled eight winners across three cards on Saturday - at combined odds of 45,863/1.

Cyrname romps home at Ascot4

Superb Cyrname stars at Ascot

Cyrname produced a tremendous front-running display for a wide-margin victory in the Betfair Ascot Chase.

Bachasson5

Navan preview: Bach on track?

Willie Mullins sends both Bachasson and Coquin Mans into battle for the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.

Most Read Racing

There's a classy card at Wetherby on Friday1

Sunday's racing preview

Queen's Magic is Keith Hamer's best Sunday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

2

Daily Nap: Follow the Leader

David Ord's last two Sporting Life Daily Nap selections have won at 3/1 and 5/1 - don't miss his Sunday tip that runs at Huntingdon.

Brio Conti (25/1) was among eight Saturday winners for Paul Nicholls3

The great eight for Nicholls

Ten-time champion trainer saddled eight winners across three cards on Saturday - at combined odds of 45,863/1.

Cyrname romps home at Ascot4

Superb Cyrname stars at Ascot

Cyrname produced a tremendous front-running display for a wide-margin victory in the Betfair Ascot Chase.

Bachasson5

Navan preview: Bach on track?

Willie Mullins sends both Bachasson and Coquin Mans into battle for the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.

Next Race Off

11:30 Mumbai
5
(7)
Jetfire
J: A Sandesh
4
(4)
Myrcella
J: P S Chouhan
2
(1)
Officer In Command
J: Neeraj Rawal
3
(5)
Divine Power
J: N S Parmar
8
(3)
So Splendid
J: H Zeeshan
7
(6)
Chezza
J: S Zervan
6
(8)
Jaipar Honey
J: T S Jodha
1
(2)
Julio Cesaro
J: S A Amit

Racing Tips

Daily Nap: Follow the Leader

David Ord's last two Sporting Life Daily Nap selections have won at 3/1 and 5/1 - don't miss his Sunday tip that runs at Huntingdon.

There's a classy card at Wetherby on Friday

Sunday's racing preview

Queen's Magic is Keith Hamer's best Sunday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Beauty Generation - one of the top milers in the world

Sha Tin Preview: You Beauty!

Fans of high-class Flat racing are in clover at Sha Tin on Sunday (live on Sky Sports Racing) with a ten-race card featuring Beauty Generation - we preview it here.