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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long


Tom Cannon has two rides today at Wetherby.

Alan King Website by Geoff Lester

Grandeur d’Ame will also be making the trip north, his target being the 0-140 handicap chase. Alan added:”He won a couple last season but got hit pretty hard by the handicapper for winning 17 lengths at Stratford. However, he has been working better this autumn than he used to, so he might have improved a fair bit.”


Age, Colour, Sex 7 b g (24 May 2016) Trainer Alan King X TRAINER HISTORY Oliver Sherwood until 14 Feb 2021 Owner Syders & Burkes Pedigree DESIR D'UN SOIR (FR) SOURYA D'AIRY (FR) SHEYRANN

Time Form Comments - sturdy gelding: winning hurdler: fairly useful handicap chaser, won at Huntingdon (novice) and Stratford (by 17 lengths from Thelasthighking) in 2022/23: 13/2, only 33 lengths fifth of 9 to La Domaniale at Aintree last time: should be suited by 2½m+: acts on soft going: tried in hood. TFR 143

Alan King Website by Geoff Lester

Alan is hoping that the ground at Wetherby tomorrow is a lot less testing than it was at the Charlie Hall meeting as he plans to run the highly-rated Favour And Fortune in the introductory hurdle at the Yorkshire course.

This dual bumper winner has always been a favourite of Alan’s, who said:”He is a lovely horse and we have put a line through his subsequent disappointment at Cheltenham as when he came back we discovered that he had pulled some muscles between his front legs.

“Favour And Fortune got over that and enjoyed a good summer, making a winning debut over hurdles at Hereford last month. He’ll learn from the one mistake he made two out, but, while I think he is very good, he is quite lightly-framed so he would not want to be running every two or three weeks.”


Age, Colour, Sex 5 br g (11 Mar 2018) Trainer Alan King Owner Hemmings Racing Pedigree SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) 131 FLEUR ROSE (IRE) FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) 122

Time Form Comments - €58,000 3-y-o: sturdy gelding: third foal: half-brother to useful hurdler Dreal Deal (2m-2¾m winner, by Arvico): dam unraced: useful form in bumpers, won at Southwell and Warwick in 2022/23: 8/15, also looked good prospect when winning 9-runner novice at Hereford on hurdling debut easily by 13 lengths from Flight of Freedom: better to come. TFR 132p Clear top by 7


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