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By his own high standards, the 2017/18 Jumps season was a little below par for Alan King with 58 winners and £923,496 in prize money.
That was some way behind his 104 winner and £1,373,270 achieved the previous season but with 29 winners on the board already this season it is clear that the Master of Barbury Castle is making a good fist of returning to his higher pedestal.
Once again, there look exciting times ahead for the slick chaser Sceau Royal who won the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown by 11 lengths from North Hill Harvey and the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster in January before meeting with a setback which forced him to miss Cheltenham.
Spritely young hurdler Redicean was to meet with his only defeat at Cheltenham in the JCB Triumph Hurdle when finishing sixth to Farclas but he has summered well and is one of a number of emerging young horses on whom King and his team will be pinning their hopes on for a busy period ahead.
Alan kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his leading lights for the season ahead.