Invictus: has been backed to make winning return in HennessyPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
King readying Invictus for Hennessy bid
INVICTUS, the long-term absentee who has come in for sustained support for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 3o and is now favourite for the prestigious contest, is on course for the race according to trainer Alan King.
The seven-year-old, not seen since beating subsequent Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth in the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot in February 2012, has been pleasing King, although the trainer wants suitable underfoot conditions for his intended comeback run.
In the last week Invictus has been backed in from as big as 16-1 to a general 8-1, and King, quoted in the Racing & Football Outlook, said: "He's down to a mark of 145 and has an entry in the Hennessy. That's probably where he'll start. He looks to have retained his ability.
"I've been happy with him since we stepped his work up but the ground is key to him - he needs some cut.
"Whether Bobs Worth and [fourth-placed] Silviniaco Conti didn't fire when he won the Reynoldstown I don't know, but he couldn't do anything other than win and he won well."
Read Alan King's Trainer File in Tuesday's Racing & Football Outlook