Leading dual purpose trainer Alan King could put his stable star Sceau Royal back out on to the track within the week at Cheltenham in the Shloer Chase after a superb performance on Saturday in the Grade Two Elite Hurdle
The trainer landed an across the card treble on Saturday with winners on both the flat and the jumps and he is hoping that Sceau Royal can be part of that again when sent to Cheltenham on Sunday.
The eight year old on the face of it was the horse to beat on Saturday having made his seasonal debut in the Grade Two Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las and landed the event emphatically.
The Alan King trained eight year old has been tried over both hurdles and fences during his career winning races like the Shloer Chase back in 2018 and the Henry VIII Novices Chase at Sandown.
Last season showed that the versatile horse west best off starting over hurdles with some poor chase outings and the move back to hurdles looks to have been the right one off the back of his seasonal debut and having now won the Elite Hurdle twice in the career his trainer his opening he can do the same in the Grade Two Chase at Cheltenham at the weekend.
(Credit Racing Post) King said "I think the wind operation has helped Sceau Royal and there weren't many races over fences, so that's the reason we went down the hurdling route.
"We might pop him into the Shloer Chase next Sunday and see what that looks like and how he is through the week.
"The ground looks like it will be okay again at Cheltenham, there doesn't seem to be too much rain around. He has won on soft ground but probably not at the top level."