Cheltenham Tips – Alan King Stable Tour, Runners and Best Chances

Alan King spoke with At The Races recently about his likely runners and their intended targets ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and from that, we can take out a couple of Cheltenham tips for the Festival which starts on Tuesday.

The Barbury Castle team have had a total of 15 winners at previous festivals and are hoping to make it 16 or more with a few winners next week. See the full video below as well as the key points from his stable tour, and the current prices of some of the more fancied Alan King runners.

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Edwardstone – Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Tuesday 1.30pm

“A very Exciting Horse” 

King’s 6-year-old son of Kayf Tara has been progressive winning 2 of his 3 starts over timber this winter and was unlucky last time out at Haydock where he led over the last but was just picked up near the line. 

“He’s come out of that race well I’m very happy with him and the way he’s going at home”. 

King feels that whatever is achieved this season over hurdles could only be a bonus and that he may improve for a fence in time. He could be a lively outsider in the Festival Curtain raiser. 

“He’s a big strapping chasing type, he’s a Kayf Tara with a lot of size and scope and he’s a very exciting horse”. 

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Who Dares Wins – Ultima/RSA Chase

“Want to go up to 3 miles with him” 

A Grade 2 winner of the Pendil Chase 10 days ago at Kempton; King’s charge is now starting to find his form over the larger obstacles and this former 151 rated hurdler could be dangerous especially if he takes the Handicap route and goes for the Ultima Chase off a mark of 147 which he’s a much shorter price for. 

“He won the Pendil Chase, the handicapper has left him alone and I want to go up to 3 miles with him”. 

King has 2 potential targets for the 8 year old with the RSA and the Ultima Chase on his radar as he feels a step up in trip will benefit.The ground will also play a factor as to whether he lines up at the festival as he’s always showed a preference for good ground and wouldn’t want any extremes. 

“The RSA or we could go the Handicap route in the Ultima he hasn’t done much from the weekend and I’ll speak to Henry and team and come up with the plan, I wouldn’t want to run him if it was Heavy”. 

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Blacko – Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Wednesday 4.50pm

“More improvement in him” 

King’s juvenile is unbeaten in 2 starts since he arrived from France and is improving with each run. The form of his win at Taunton is stacking up well with the 2nd Zoffee bolting in at Doncaster on his next start and a mark of 134 may well underestimate his ability. 

“Interesting little horse he’s unbeaten since he came from France and I think he’s a horse that has more improvement in him and I like to think he can run well”. 

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Lisp –  Grand Annual: Friday 4.50pm

“He’s only a novice but I have won it with a novice before” 

Lisp is currently the 2nd favourite for this race and has only 1 victory over fences to his name but has run with credit in all 3 chase starts this season and will appreciate his first venture into Handicap company. If he can get around unscathed he should definitely be in the shake up. 

“Ground doesn’t matter to him, he ran well in the county last year, he’s only a novice but I have won it with a novice before, he’s interesting”.

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Ballywood- Grand Annual Friday 4.50pm

“Would like it to dry up” 

Ballywood looks like he has a bit to find if he is to take this race but he does come in here on the back of a solid 3rd at the track. He is no back number rated 146 and only 4 pounds inferior to his stablemate Lisp, King is hopeful of a good run provided the ground dries up. 

“Ballywood would like it to dry up but he’s got good form around Cheltenham and good ground would certainly help him”. 

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Sceau Royal – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase Wednesday 3.30

“Nowhere else to go” 

Third in this race last Sceau Royal looks like he has a mountain to climb if he is to get near the top 3 in the betting. King admits that it’s a “Stronger race this year with more depth” and an uphill battle awaits. An outsider, he was only beaten just over 3 lengths by Altior last time  and if 1 or 2 underperform he could pick up the pieces and run into a place. 

” There’s no where else to go, I wouldn’t run him if it was heavy, he’s come out of Newbury in good form and we’ll see what happens” 


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Watch the full video from the Alan King interview here.


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