Tom Lacey is confident Adrimel can take a step up in trip and class in his stride in the Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle.
The five-year-old will put his unbeaten record over hurdles on the line in the two-mile-five Grade Two contest at Warwick on Saturday.
Adrimel, whose sole defeat under rules came in last season’s Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, followed up his debut victory over hurdles at Sandown with a game success at Haydock last month.
Lacey said: “He won’t be going back to Haydock and the plan all being well is to go to Warwick for the Grade Two there.
“He wants plenty of give in the ground so it should be ideal for him there.
“This is a big step up in trip but it should be to his advantage.
“It just shows what a good horse he is that he has been winning over two miles.”
Although Adrimel was a late absentee in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last weekend, the Herefordshire handler reports his rising star to be in good order.
He said: “I just wasn’t happy with him and I’ve had one or two horses that I’ve not been entirely happy with.
“If you are going to go into a Grade One you need to be 110 per cent but he seems fine now.”
Leading Randox Health Grand National contender Kimberlite Candy remains on course to make his next start in the Listed Keltbray Swinley Chase at Ascot on February 20.
The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old filled the runner’s up spot on his return to action for the second season in succession over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree in last month’s Becher Chase.
Lacey said: “Kimberlite Candy is in great nick. I’ve spoken to Mr McManus and his team and he will run at Ascot in a three-mile handicap after the National weights are out.
“Even though he was beaten 24 lengths, I didn’t expect him to get dropped by the handicapper as he picked up a good prize for second.”
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