Le Rocher is likely to head to Doncaster (David Davies/PA)Nick Williams favours running Le Rocher in the 888Sport Grimthorpe Handicap Chase over an option at Newbury this weekend.

Williams is searching for the softest ground for his 10-year-old, who holds an entry in a veterans’ chase in Berkshire.

In two runs this season, Le Rocher has finished second at Wincanton and third at Sandown – and Williams was pleased to hear Doncaster is expecting to soften appreciably ahead of Saturday’s meeting.

“I just want to take him where the ground is softest, to be honest,” said Williams.

“It is drying up at Doncaster currently, but I believe they are expecting a fair bit of rain on Friday night.

“Le Rocher wants a trip these days and I think his handicap mark (139) is very fair.

“He’s run well in graded races in France, had a year off and has come back with two good efforts this season. I think he’s quite well handicapped.

“There’s even a chance the veterans’ race will be harder to win, there’ll certainly be more higher-rated horses in the Newbury race.”