Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Another Good Day for King at Towcester

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Another Good Day for King at Towcester

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ALAN King bolstered his good record at Towcester after completing a first - and last - race double courtesy of victories for two more of his up-and-coming young prospects.

Boasting a 29 per cent strike at the Northamptonshire track heading into the meeting, the Barbury Castle Stables handler started the day of in fine fashion thanks to a win for William H Bonney in the opening division of the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Forage Novices' Hurdle.

Although forced to work hard to land the two-mile prize hard the 1-4 favourite eventually mastered Chic Theatre by a length and three-quarters, to supply the first leg of a double for King and winning rider Richard Johnson.

King said: "If you watched him all the way up the run-in he has got his ears pricked. He does go in the soft ground, but Richard Johnson said not in ground like that.

"It was a good experience for him today and I'm sure he will improve again when he gets better going."

He added: "I would like to have a season handicap hurdling with him. He will make a chaser, but there is no rush to do it. There could be a decent race in him come the spring. I don't suppose he will be ready for Cheltenham."

Debutant Laser Light (4-6) rewarded King for taking a patient approach when completing his double with an impressive seven-length success in the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Standard Open National Hunt Flat.

King said: He is a nice type of horse. I was going to go hurdling with him, but I just thought it would probably be too much this late in the season.

"I don't know where he will go after this, but he will certainly have one, if not two, more runs. He is straightforward and we not afraid of sit upsides and make the running."

While trainer Tom Lacey compared Kelsey to the Tin Man from The Wizard Of Oz, there was no questioning his heart when showing plenty of fight in the SkyBet Cheltenham Preview Here March 7th Handicap Hurdle.

Coming from another county in the twomile-three-furlong contest the 6-1 shot stayed on in game fashion to grind out a 12-length victory and complete the double on the day for champion jockey-elect Johnson. …

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