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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Crossing the t’s on our team for the Cheltenham Festival

Trainer Alan King is happy to focus on dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on our team for the Cheltenham Festival, which is now only 25 days away.

Alan reports Edwardstone as having come out of his successful Warwick dress-rehearsal in fine form, and, being as that was his first race since Christmas at Kempton, he reckons the Kingmaker will have put our stable-star spot on for the Arkle Chase on Cheltenham’s opening day.

Reflecting on Warwick, Alan said:”Apart from when he was unluckily brought down on his seasonal reappearance, Edwardstone has impressed me all winter, but, having had that break since December 27, I was glad Tom (Cannon) drove him out to the line from the second last. Now we have to keep him in one piece for March 15, and as long as they go a strong gallop on the day I’ll be happy.

“Warwick was probably the quickest ground Edwardstone has been on, but Tom said he loved it and moved like a dream, and, while I feel he’ll cope with anything, I would not want the going to be heavy.

“He’ll probably do just the four pieces of work between now and Cheltenham, and we’ll school him the week before the Festival

“Edwardstone has always looked a bit special and was a useful hurdler, but getting to the top has seemed a long-time coming, though from day one we thought he wouldn’t come into his own until he tackled fences.

“Early on he showed us that he had gears, but he is actually bred to stay three miles which is encouraging as you need stamina to win an Arkle. He’s been a star for his owners, Robert Abrey and Ian Thurtle, especially as they also bred him.



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