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Kicking King to return next month

KICKING KING, whose comeback from injury early this year proved frustrating for connections, is likely to be back in action next month, according to trainer Tom Taaffe.

The six-time Grade 1 winning chaser, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2005, ran three times last season after being off the track for over two years with leg trouble following his second King George VI Chase win in December 2005.

On his comeback appearance at Gowran Park in January, he split Nickname and Newmill in the three runner Normans Grove Chase before finishing third in the Red Mills Chase at the same track in February.                         

The ten-year-old was ruled out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup after failing to sparkle in a racecourse gallop early in March and on his final start of the season he was pulled up in the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown in April

Taaffe said on Tuesday: "Kicking King scoped dirty after the Punchestown race. A lot of my horses weren't right around that time but he is back in full training and in good shape.

"We'll see how fit he is before deciding if he will be ready to rock and roll in the National Lottery Chase at Gowran Park on October 4 or in the Carvills Hill Chase at Punchestown on October 15."

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