“She looks marvellous again now and she’s an exciting prospect” – King looks forward to 2020/21 squad

Alan King

Training a Champions Day winner in the form of Trueshan, Alan King is one of Britain’s leading dual purpose trainers. The Wiltshire based operator has an exciting squad heading into the 2020/21 National Hunt season and he can be hopeful of a strong campaign ahead.

You can get the low-down on all of Alan King’s runners for the upcoming campaign in Racing Post’s Stable Tour. It’s available for Racing Post Members’ Club subscribers in full on the website and will be a valuable asset for judging his runners this season.

King was very positive on a number of horses when speaking to Racing Post. That includes the return of a bumper star, and a winning debutant who looks to have a very bright future.


Bumper Queen can shine

Enduring a stop start career thus far, The Glancing Queen has bundles of potential. She was a very smart bumper horse, going close in the 2019 Champion Bumper before winning the Grade 2 Aintree Festival Bumper.

Unfortunately, she missed the majority of the 2019/20 season, running just once. She went back to the Champion Bumper in her sole run, where she managed an eighth-place finish. Speaking of her career to date, King told Racing Post: “We had no run with her last season as she got a splint and it took most of the winter to get her sound. She ran well for a long way in the Champion Bumper but that was the end of the season and she didn’t really like the surface when we ran her on the Flat at Kempton.”

Given how talented she was in bumpers, there can be plenty of excitement for her going over obstacles. King was of the same thought, continuing to say: “She looks marvellous again now, back in strong work, and she’s an exciting prospect for mares’ novice hurdles“.

We’ll hopefully be seeing her soon in a mares’ novices event, where she could easily string together a couple of successes.


Exciting prospect out for more

King’s younger horses are spearheaded by Valleres, who looks to be a very useful prospect. A point winner at Tattersalls Farm in 2019, he ran well in his sole bumper run back in February.

Hurdling was clearly his game, however, as up in distance on his debut, he was a runaway winner at Wetherby. Speaking about his debut, King said “He’s a lovely young horse, an Irish point winner who finished third in a bumper that’s working out well. I could not have been more pleased with his winning debut over hurdles at Wetherby“.

There should to be plenty more to come from this unexposed five-year-old, who carries the familiar colours of Simon Munir & Isaac Souede. King would continue to say “He’ll improve for the experience and is an exciting prospect“.

He’s one to slide into the tracker, as there could be lofty targets ahead.


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