Alan King

Definitely one to watch

Alan King

He's got the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Hennessy Gold Cup and Sky Bet Chase in the bag already

He's got many people's festival banker, as well as three contenders for the Triumph Hurdle

Alan King

Cheltenham Festival wins: 15

The handicap chase trainer of the season so far having won the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Hennessy Gold Cup, Sky Bet Chase and Trophy.

Looks to have his strongest Festival team in a long time and Neptune Hurdle fav Yanworth will be a Festival banker for many. Also has three live hopes for the Triumph Hurdle where he has saddled two winners, two seconds and two thirds in the past ten years.

However, if Smad Place can win the Gold Cup then that would be the crowning glory and complete the full set of the big four championship races having won the Champion Hurdle with Katchit, the Champion Chase with Voy Por Ustedes and the World Hurdle with My Way De Solzen.

Two of his three handicap chase winners were novices so look out for those and he also has a good record in the National Hunt Chase with two winners and a third since 2008.

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