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Invictus - Ascot - 18/02/2012

Invictus: promising chaser was last seen winning the Reynoldstown

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King cautious about Hennessy hope Invictus

ANTE-POST Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Invictus faces a huge task on Saturday, according to trainer Alan King.

The seven-year-old has been joined at the head of the betting by Rocky Creek recently at a general 7-1, a price King has described as absurd.

Saturday's prestigious handicap at Newbury - a race King has yet to win - will be the son of Flemensfirth's first start since he beat Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti in the Reynoldstown at Ascot in February last year.

He has been aimed at the Hennessy for a while and King, who has identified some positives, is cautious about his chances.

"He seems to have retained all of his ability, and I think the ground will be absolutely fine, as I don't think he wants extremes," the trainer wrote in his Racing Post Weekender column.

"He's also quite possibly well handicapped.

"They are the positives, but he's been off an awfully long time and he has no experience at all in big fields of handicappers, as his novice chases were five and six runners.

"I'm very pleased with him, but I'm under no illusions about the task he faces. I'll say it again. It's a huge challenge."

Read more from Alan King in his column in the Racing Post Weekender - out every Wednesday

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