Tuesday runners: Hoping Crick can land the Mares' Hurdle
Top trainer Alan King on his runners at Cheltenham on Tuesday
He will definitely be much happier around Cheltenham than the flat tracks he has been encountering. He lost nothing in defeat when trying to give weight to River Wylde at Kempton and could well run better than his odds suggest.
Annacotty has been disappointing this season but the handicapper does not relent, he's still on a mark of 151 and it's not easy for him. Label Des Obeaux is progressing well, winning his last two races, and his confidence is high. He's creeping up the weights but he was a graded winner over hurdles and has a bit of quality about him. This will be a very different ball game after a couple of wins in small fields but I'm glad to see that it looks as though he'll get the cut in the ground he enjoys.
Yanworth needed the run at Ascot, it was a sharp track at Kempton and he had a bad preparation for Wincanton. Cheltenham suits him so much better and he is in a good place physically. I feel I've got him in the best form I've had him all year. We can't do any more at this end. Mark Walsh schooled him last Thursday and it went very well. He jumped as quickly and as accurately as I've seen him, which was very pleasing. Sceau Royal is in great form, fresh and well. He's got a fair bit to find but I don't think he could go into the race in better form. The Kingwell was his first race since November and I might have left him a tad short.
Midnight Tour might be up against it but it's Cheltenham and the owners are keen to give it a go, so why not? The more the ground dries up the better for Miss Crick, who had a very good summer and early winter campaign and would have appreciated faster underfoot conditions.