Fergal O’Brien’s Cheltenham successor Captain Cattistock will feature on Stratford’s Hunter Chase card on Friday evening.
The former Paul Nicholls gelding put in a sublime front-running performance at Prestbury Park last month before finishing second on his previous start at Warwick, but bids to go one better in Warwickshire ahead of the weekend.
He’ll repartner Albi Tufnell in the Pertemps Network Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters’ Chase.
The 8-year-old’s win at the Home Of Jumps Racing on its season finale was a fitting tribute to the late Lorna Brooke, who sadly passed away in April, and was a familiar face to many at Ravenswell Farm.
Speaking after his success, O’Brien’s partner Sally Randell told the Racing Post: “We’ve all had a lot of upset this year and Albi has done us proud.
“I rode with Lorna so it was a lovely race to win in memory of her. He’s [Captain Cattistock] done a really good job and it’s lovely to do this for Lorna, she won’t be forgotten.”
Also in contention on Friday is the recent Punchestown Festival successor Bob And Co for Paul Nicholls, who saddles stable-mate Adrien Du Pont in the same contest.
Former Gigginstown and Henry de Bromhead representative Monbeg Chit Chat, who once beat subsequent Caspian Caviar Gold Cup victor Chatham Street Lad in a maiden hurdle, bids for a hat-trick after his Cheltenham and point successes of late.
Law Of Gold, Sam Red and Bishops Road complete the field.