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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

4 Booked Rides at Market Rasen

MOONAMACAROONA 1:00 For trainer Alan King, Has won her last two bumpers and she's bred to stay well, so up in trip for hurdling debut.

PRESENTING PETE 1:35 For trainer Alan King, Placed in bumpers and a good jumping pedigree points towards better times ahead.

GAME OF WAR 2:10 For trainer Olly Williams, Left former Irish connections Henry De Broomhead, for £3,000; a 9yo now and has much to prove.

For trainer Alan King, £37,000 2yo; connections heighten interest and market should be informative.

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Also check out Alan King's thoughts on British Champions Day Qipco Long Distance Cup.

All systems go for Trueshan on Champions Day

Despite a relatively dry week, the morning dew has ensured that there is still plenty of moisture in the turf course at Ascot, so Alan was happy to rubber-stamp Trueshan‘s entry for Saturday’s Champions Long Distance Cup, a race he won so impressively 12 months ago.

The official going on the round course is described as “soft, good to soft in places”, and, following a breeze at Barbury on Wednesday morning, Trueshan has been declared A1 and ready to defend his crown.

Alan said:”It is only a fortnight since Trueshan won the Prix du Cadran in France, and, while ideally I’d like another week, several times we got away with a similarly quick turnaround from Cheltenham and Aintree. This will be Trueshan’s final run of the season, so I feel we are entitled to roll the dice one more time.

“I thought Trueshan was more impressive at Longchamp than he had been at Goodwood. I was worried about the extra half-mile in France, but he settled so well and travelled through the race like the class horse that he is.”

Hollie Doyle, who missed the ride in the Cadran because of suspension, is back in the saddle at Ascot, and, like Alan and the Barbury Lions, who owns Trueshan, is looking forward to Saturday.

Alan added: “It was an easy decision to run. I’d always be happy to run Trueshan on good ground, but it was proper good to firm when I pulled him out at Ascot and York. We are now in mid-October, so there should be no worries on that score.”

However, whatever Trueshan’s fate today, website readers who have repeatedly asked whether I could persuade Alan to send Barbury’s stable-star hurdling this winter, were never going to get past first base.

Alan, who expects around 100 horses over jumps this winter, said::”Trueshan schooled over hurdles early on in his career, but after what he has achieved on the Flat these past 12 months, I don’t think my heart could stand watching the horse jump eight flights. I’m sure the Barbury Lions, who own him, share that view.

“Trueshan got very lit up on the ups and down of Glorious Goodwood, but he was so much more settled at Longchamp, and now we all hope that he can end what has been a glorious season by retaining his crown at Ascot on Saturday.”

James Doyle, who rode Trueshan in France as Hollie Doyle was under suspension, is sure that the horse is a worthy favourite.

He said:”Trueshan is a proper staying champion on soft ground, and I was impressed with what was a rock solid performance in Paris.

“I felt under a bit of pressure as he has become such an exciting prospect, but he was very smooth and when he gets the right underfoot conditions it will take a very good horse to beat him.”


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