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Prospect Wells pulls clear of Meister Eckhart (right) in the National Spirit

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More to come from Coral Cup hope Meister - King

ALAN KING is expecting further improvement from National Spirit Hurdle runner-up Meister Eckhart as he eyes a crack at the Coral Cup next month.

The lightly raced seven-year-old chased home comfortable winner Prospect Wells at Fontwell last Sunday, a display that could persuade his trainer to head to Cheltenham.

Speaking in his exclusive Weekender column, King said: "Meister Eckhart has really put a spring in my step as the race attracted a very strong representation from Paul Nicholls. He ran a huge race to be second as this was his first run of the campaign.

"I had done plenty with him beforehand but I would still expect some improvement from that and he could now head for the Coral Cup."

While the festival is on the agenda for Meister Eckhart, stablemate L'Unique, third in last Saturday's Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, is likely to miss out on the big meeting.

"I think the form of that race will prove to be strong, although we will probably miss Cheltenham this season as I've barely scratched the surface with her," added King.

To read Alan King's thoughts on his exciting team make sure you pick up a copy of The Weekender - available to buy from Wednesday

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