King can rule with conditions set to suit
1pt each-way at 11-2 generally (6-1 with Coral and William Hill)
King Zeal, who escapes a penalty for an authoritative victory at Market Rasen last Thursday, actually races from a 5lb lower mark in the SIS Live Handicap Hurdle once Harry Challoner's 5lb claim is taken into consideration, writes Richard Birch.
The nine-year-old had tumbled in the weights prior to that win and, since he goes particularly well at this course, must surely go close under conditions which appear ideal for him.
While there may be one or two less-exposed rivals in the contest such as Vujiyama and Ut Majeur Aulmes, King Zeal is razor-sharp at present, seems sure to give his running and, if he does, it's difficult to envisage him finishing out of the first three.