Alan King hailed steady stalwart Sceau Royal a “legend” after making his return to motion a triumphant one within the characteristic Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Hurdle.
The fashionable nine-year-old secured his first success since touchdown final season’s Grade Two Betfair Game Spirit Chase at Newbury with victory within the Listed occasion.
After racing alongside favorite, and winner of the race for the previous two seasons, Silver Streak, in behind early chief Teqany, for a lot of the two-mile prize the 7/4 second favorite loomed into competition at the highest of the flip in.
As Silver Streak set sail to try to safe his third success within the race approaching two out his transfer was instantly lined by Daryl Jacob aboard Sceau Royal, who rapidly asserted on the run down the final.
Quickly urgent on after leaping the ultimate flight Sceau Royal, who completed third in final season’s bet365 Celebration Chase at Aintree and fifth within the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, had too many gears for his chief market rival with three and a half lengths separating the pair at the road.
King mentioned: “That was pretty. We had the choice of going again for the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las which he gained final yr or going for this.
“He was rated loads increased over hurdles this than he was final yr and I assumed this was the appropriate place to come back and get him began fairly than carrying high weight yesterday.
“I thought he would run very well but come on for it a bit. It was a good starting point. He has just been a superstar. He always travels well through his races.
“The Queen Mother final yr was very laborious to take. I do not assume I’ve ever left a racecourse I did that day and which may have been his massive likelihood however we have now regrouped and he has been tremendous.
“He has been an absolute legend year after year and hopefully there is a bit more in him yet.”
King confirmed that Sceau Royal will now step again as much as Grade Two stage on his subsequent begin and try to defend his Unibet Elite Hurdle on November 6 at Wincanton.
He added: “I’d imagine we would go back for the Elite now which he did last year and go from there.
“Over fences, I might solely go left-handed as he does go left. I do know he gained the Henry VIII just a few years in the past however he’s higher left-handed over fences.
“We will just duck and dive with him.”
An outing within the Grade One Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle subsequent month stays on the agenda for Silver Streak in response to his coach Evan Williams, who was stuffed with admiration for the winner.
He mentioned: “He was beaten by a very good horse and we have so much respect to the winner and Alan’s horses are in very good form. There are no excuses.
“We will go to the Fighting Fifth now. Some days you aren’t disillusioned about getting overwhelmed as you get overwhelmed by the appropriate horse and he’s not going to win all of them. The winner is an excellent horse.
“We will be alright. Good horses get beat. We didn’t jump well today. He didn’t jump the first or second. I thought we would pick up turning in and go and win the race but he didn’t.”