Warwick report: Cheltenham beckons for slick Sceau Royal

Thu 5 Oct 2017

Watch a full replay of how Sceau Royal won on his chasing bow at Warwick on Thursday plus an interview with wining trainer Alan King

By staff

Alan King has introduced plenty of smart types over fences at Warwick and Sceau Royal looked to be another after his impressive victory in the Bet At Novices' Chase.

The Grade Two-winning hurdler joined the likes of Voy Poy Ustedes and Halcon Genelardais to make his chasing debut at the course a winning one and with it earn a 25-1 quote for the Arkle with Paddy Power.

Jumping well throughout, the 1-3 favourite cruised home by four lengths under Daryl Jacob to complete a double for the Barbury Castle Stables handler.

King said: "That was very pleasing. He has got plenty of scope for a little horse and I was delighted with him. There were one or two down the back he stood a long way off, but he got there fine.

"I would be thinking Cheltenham at the end of the month. It would be an option, as if you can go around Warwick you can go anywhere."

Barry Geraghty made his fleeting visit after a morning schooling horses a winning one when initiating King's brace in steering Herewego Herewego (8-11) to glory by two and three-quarter lengths in the Old Fourpenny Shop "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

The winning rider said: "I had a busy morning schooling with Alan King and Nicky Henderson. Yanworth schooled nicely over fences. It's good to get back going over here again."

King said of the winner, who was making his first start in 581 days: "I am delighted he has won, as he was only just ready to start. He was in training most of last season, he just had niggle after niggle and never got there.

"I thought it was a good starting point. I will probably step him up in trip now."

Aidan Coleman reached the 50-winner mark for the 10th successive season after Beggars Cross (13-2) claimed a spirited success in the Colliers International Business Rate Services Handicap Chase.

Coleman said: "I'm happy with that, but I want another 50 now. One hundred winners is always the first goal. When you ride a hundred winners, it is not a bad season. Hopefully there will be some quality in there as well."

He added: "He had some good form last year. He has matured a bit with the break over the summer. He is a good jumper, but he has always been a good jumper."

Quarenta (7-2) provided Coleman and O'Neill with an earlier triumph when putting several near-misses behind him to take the Ignite Incentives Handicap Hurdle by two lengths.

O'Neill said: "He ran well last time at Worcester. He jumped well and travelled well today. He probably will get further, as he is a staying type of horse."


Herewego Herewego needed to ridden in both the pre-parade ring and the parade ring before running in the first race, but there was a good reason why. Trainer Alan King said: "He is very cold-backed. In his previous two races he was ridden beforehand. I didn't want Barry (Geraghty) buried in the paddock as that would not go down well with the boss (JP McManus)!"


Lee Edwards was determined not to be denied his first winner in 42 days when showing plenty of strength to outpoint champion jockey Richard Johnson in a driving finish to the concluding two-mile handicap hurdle aboard Milan Of Crystal.


Sceau Royal may have fallen just short of the top level over hurdles, but judging by his debut performance over fences he could exceed what he achieved over the smaller obstacles and may be one to give serious consideration to throughout the campaign.

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