Rollins ready to roll

Mariah Rollins is set to bid for the big success her handler believes she deserves in the Racing Post Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mariah Rollins is set to bid for the big success her handler believes she deserves in the Racing Post Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

Formerly a Grade One winner at Leopardstown for Irish handler Pat Fahy, the nine-year-old mare has endured a losing run stretching back well over two years.

But Seven Barrows trainer Nicky Henderson has kept the faith and believes she has the ability to play a prominent role at Prestbury Park.

"She's coming back and she'll be there and I would think she'll almost certainly run in the Racing Post Plate," he said.

"We've kept her fresh and I'm not sure that she wants the ground as soft as what we've been running her on.

"She does work very well and somewhere there's a good race in her but she'll probably go to stud at the end of the season."

Another possible representative for the Henderson yard in the two-mile-five-furlong handicap is Copsale Lad.

Despite winning readily over timber last time, he is still likely to revert to fencing to tackle the race unless the ground rides soft - in which case Henderson has another Festival target in mind.

"Copsale Lad has to go left-handed but he has to have good ground," he told At The Races.

"He has to have that ground particularly when he jumps fences and the other thing we are just considering is if it were soft, is switching him to the Coral (Cup).

"We were just wanting to get a run into him the other day at Newbury over hurdles but he was a revelation despite the ground."

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