Rocky Creek faces key test ahead of Cheltenham at Ascot
Rocky Creek aims to cement his place at the Cheltenham Festival when he lines up at Ascot on Saturday.
Last Updated: 15/02/13 5:10pm
The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old has made a promising start to his career over fences, getting within a length and a quarter of Harry Topper on his chasing debut, before beating Molotof at Doncaster and following up in good style at Warwick.
"Whether he's good enough to beat Dynaste in the RSA I doubt, but I'm not rubbishing his form either," said co-owner Andy Stewart.
"We're going to go for the RSA with him anyway. If you look at the Molotof form it has been extremely well franked. Rocky Creek has won well since and Molotof hacked up at Warwick a few days ago.
"The form of Rocky Creek does look rock solid and there is no Dynaste in the race on Saturday."
Tour Des Champs fell at the second-last when in with a chance against Rocky Creek at Warwick.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained six-year-old has since made amends at Ffos Las.
The trainer's jockey son Sam is looking for another big run.
"He's done everything we've asked of him. He was probably a bit unlucky when falling at Warwick," the rider told At The Races. "He might have struggled to beat Rocky Creek that day, but he would definitely have given him a race."