Dan Skelton’s charge was beaten 10 lengths by Kimberlite Candy in 2020, but got compensation when winning the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in February.
Kimberlite Candy wins the McCoy Contractors Classic Chase by 10 lengths at @WarwickRaces and marks himself out as a leading Randox Health Grand National contender for Tom Lacey and Richie McLernon. #stayingpower— Racing TV (@RacingTV) January 11, 2020
All credit to Captain Chaos for holding on to second place! pic.twitter.com/gZyFW0PUx8
Captain Chaos is not the only horse from last year’s Classic Chase returning to Warwick. Fergal O’Brien’s Petite Power, who was third, and the fifth home, the Ben Pauling-trained Le Breuil, are again in opposition.
Walk In The Mill, a two-time Becher Chase winner for Robert Walford, bids to get back in the groove after falling in the same Aintree race in December.
The Hollow Ginge, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, tries again after unseating his rider in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow last weekend.
Alan King’s Notachance, Storm Control from Kerry Lee’s stable, Oliver Greenall’s Late Romantic have been in good winning form this term.
Next Destination will face just two rivals in the Grade Two McCoy Contractors Hampton Novices’ Chase.
The nine-year-old made a winning debut over fences at Newbury seven weeks ago on his second start for Paul Nicholls. Next Destination was previously with Willie Mullins, for whom he won two Grade One novice hurdles.
NEXT DESTINATION, a dual Grade 1 winner over hurdles for @WillieMullinsNH, scores on his chase debut for @PFNicholls in Grade 2 company at @NewburyRacing!— Timeform (@Timeform) November 28, 2020
He put in a lovely round of jumping en route to victory under @CobdenHarry! 🏇👏pic.twitter.com/koqy5xOKt7
Taking him on are Colin Tizzard’s Fiddlerontheroof and Golan Fortune, trained by Phil Middleton.
Adrimel must give weight to all 11 rivals in the Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle.
The Tom Lacey-trained six-year-old has created a good impression with victories at Sandown and Haydock.
However, he takes on several promising sorts, including David Pipe’s Make Me A Believer, the Tizzard-trained Oscar Elite, Harry Fry’s Pure Bliss and Midnight River for the Skelton team.