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Walkon - Aintree 02.04.09

Walkon is best fresh according to trainer Alan King

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King keen on Walkon in Paddy Power Gold Cup

TRAINER Alan King has described Walkon, an 8-1 shot for Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, as his best ever chance of winning the race.

The seven-year-old, second in the 2009 Triumph Hurdle and fifth in last term's RSA Chase, was last seen being pulled up in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr in April.

King is keen on his chances though and wrote in his Racing Post Weekender column: "Walkon is our runner in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and at this stage I would suggest he is the strongest chance I have ever had of adding this great autumn contest to our cv.

"Some horses need a race or two in order to hit peak fitness, whereas others are often best caught first time out and there is no denying Walkon has shown the majority of his best form when fresh."

King, who trains the son of Take Risks for Max McNeill, added: "It is a devilishly tough race but we go there with the right horse for the job, with an interesting weight, who goes well fresh."

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