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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long


Tom Cannon, has just the one ride today at Warwick

'I want him spot on for March' – Edwardstone has Arkle in sight.

Last week's Dublin Racing Festival threw up a wealth of Cheltenham pointers but the Arkle picture remains puzzling and now it is up to Britain's leading hope Edwardstone to "do the talking" according to trainer Alan King.

He faces a stiff test in this pre-festival run as he crosses swords again with Third Time Lucki, having come out on top when the pair clashed in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown in December.

Edwardstone followed up that success with a similarly stylish win in the Grade 2 Wayward Lad at Kempton and King is raring to see his stable's leading festival hope in action again, although he insists this race ultimately serves as preparation for next month's more alluring target.

"I don't want to say too much, I'd rather let him do the talking," King said.

"This race isn't the be-all and end-all and I want to get him spot on for March. We've left a bit to work on, so we'll see what happens.

"It looks a good race but it's entitled to be. He's been going fine and we've given him a bit of a break since Kempton.

Edwardstone is duelling for Arkle favouritism with Willie Mullins’s Leopardstown winner Blue Lord, and he attempts to enhance his growing reputation still further when he returns to the Midlands course.

Alan said:”Edwardstone is in good form, having had a break since his victory at Kempton over Christmas, and the form of his previous success in the Henry VIII Chase at Sandown has been boosted by subsequent successes of the placed horses, War Lord and Third Time Lucki.

“Edwardstone is a very smart novice and he would compare favourable with my 2006 Arkle winner Voy Por Ustedes. This race has always been the plan as I’d worry if we were going straight to Cheltenham from Kempton as Edwardstone can be a bit of a bull in a china shop if he has too long a break between races.”


Comfortable wins in Grade 1 and Grade 2 races the last twice; the one to beat today.

Owners - Robert Abrey and Ian Thurtle.

Trainer Alan King, has a 28% strike rate with his chases at Warwick showing a +17.94.

Jockey Tom Cannon, is sponsored by Please Bet Responsibly.

Photo - Edwardstone - Tom Cannon.


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