21st February, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Alan King continued his good run of form with victory in the Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot with Invictus on Saturday.
The six-year old got the better of market leaders Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth over the trip of 3m with a fine round of jumping.
Robert Thornton left it late with Invictus but picked up leaders Silvinicao Conti and Alfie Spinner after the second fence before holding off the late challenge of Bobs Worth. Anyone looking at the betting will have been impressed.
It was a disappointing run for Nicky Henderson’s Bobs Worth who has now drifted for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. A mistake four from home took it out of the six-year old who lost ground with the leaders.
King also went close in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase later at the meeting with Medermit. The talented grey finished three lengths behind favourite Riverside Theatre who returned to winning ways after a long lay off. The pair were 20 lengths clear of the remainder of the field in the 2m5f contest in what was a testing pace in the opening stages. Fans of online betting will be keeping a close eye on the horse.
King did chalk up a double on the day at Ascot when he won the penultimate race with Balder Succes. The French import remains unbeaten in three starts and added to the impressive victory at Plumpton in January in his opening run in the UK.
A treble on the day was completed at Wincanton when Lovcen won a handicap hurdle over 2m6f. Wayne Hutchinson picked up the ride for King and eased to a six length victory ahead of Volador at the Somerset racecourse.