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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Double Delight For King & Cannon

Two winners at Wetherby yesterday for Trainer Alan King & jockey Tom Cannon.

Alan King had just two runners on Saturday and secured a 7-1 double with Favour And Fortune and Grandeur D'Ame.

The 2-5 favourite Favour And Fortune made it two out of two over jumps by landing an introductory hurdle in which it took several seconds for the field to set off as nobody wanted to go on.

"He's a nice horse," said jockey Tom Cannon. "It was a bit of a messy race and he was a touch keen and a bit novicey. It probably did him the world of good today as he had to go through softer ground and grind it out on his own up the straight."

Grandeur D'Ame, a 20-length maiden hurdle winner at Fakenham who scored by 17 lengths over fences at Stratford last season, did it again as he took the 2m3½f chase by 25 lengths at 9-2.

"He's better when he's fresh and when he wins he looks very impressive," Cannon said. "I hope they can keep him fresh, there may be another race to be had with him."

Today it's onto Cheltenham

Owners: Richard & Mrs Carol Cheshire - Trainer: Chris Gordon

Promising second in Irish point in May 2022; well-beaten 3rd in a bumper on sole run since

Owners: Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle - Trainer: Alan King

Won the Arkle (C&D) and Tingle Creek last year; leading claims if back to his best.

The Grade 2 Shloer Chase was the first target last season for Edwardstone, but the dry spell preceding the fixture meant that the ground was too quick for our stable-star to run.

However, first-day action at Prestbury Park today will be run on going described as “good to soft, soft in places,” and, with more rain forecast for Saturday underfoot conditions ought to be ideal for Edwardstone.

Fingers crossed Edwardstone can erase the memory of his disappointment in the Champion Chase at the Festival in March, and Alan has been very happy with his preparation.

He said:”Nothing came to light after that poor run, but there has been no signs of any lasting effect and he has been working well and looks terrific.

“Tom Cannon has schooled him for the last two Mondays and has been very happy, and this race should provide a good indication whether Edwardstone tries to defend his Tingle Creek crown at Sandown next month or we look to step him up in trip.”

Better late than never. Edwardstone was pulled out of this race last year due to unsuitably quick ground, but he will have conditions in his favour this time.

“This race will tell us where we are likely to be heading for the rest of the season,” his trainer said. “If it looks as though he wants further we’ll aim him at the Peterborough Chase and he has an entry in the King George.

"I've been very happy with him, he's been working well and looks terrific.”


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