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Local boy does good as Alan King lands Scottish Champion Hurdle with Favour And Fortune

On a day when championship-chasing rivals came from Ireland, Somerset and Warwickshire, there was a big win for a local man in the Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle.

Alan King may be based at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire but he was born in South Lanarkshire, came racing at Ayr as a youngster and had his first job in the sport working at Cree Lodge next door.

So he was delighted to see Favour And Fortune land the £100,000 contest under Tom Cannon, giving him a second success in a race he first took with Raya Star in 2012.

"It's always lovely to come back up here," the trainer said. "We always try to bring a team up for this meeting, having worked across the road many years ago. It's good to come home. I won this with Raya Star and this is smashing."

King was convinced that the local weather was the key to success for Favour And Fortune, who finished sixth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

"For the last four months I've been saying I want this horse on good ground," he said. "He's been running very well on heavy but he's a beautiful-actioned horse. His jumping was so much better today.

"He ran very well at Cheltenham and he nearly fell at the first and he was only beaten ten lengths in a good Supreme. I've always loved him and he's certainly the best of my novices. 

"It's been a difficult season for him and this was the last chance we had to run him. I'd like to stay over hurdles with him, he's not had a lot of racing."

Tom Canon has three rides today at Stratford.

Never dangerous when fifth at Plumpton in January; not the most obvious answer here.

Owners - Pump & Plant Services Ltd - Trainer - Alan King.

231 days off when quite encouraging at Newbury (14-1) one month ago, having rejoined King.

Owners - Pitchall Stud Partnership - Trainer - Alan King.

Some hurdle promise in Ireland; worth considering on handicap debut for new yard.

Owners - Affiliate Racing Syndicate - Trainer - Henrietta C Knight.


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