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RACING: King plots course for his string
12:33pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
BARBURY Castle trainer Alan King is looking forward to seeing a host of his stable stars back in action in the coming weeks.
The likes of Invictus, Medermit, Montbazon and Batonnier all missed the last campaign but are now back in work and King is busy plotting their season.
Invictus has not been seen since beating Bobs Worth in the Reynoldstown Chase in February 2012 and has the Hennessy as his aim.
"His first target is the Hennessy and whether we get a run into him before will depend how quick the rain comes," said King on At The Races.
"He's a big, heavy-topped horse and like everyone else we are just messing around on the all-weather at the minute.
"I'm very happy with him, he's fine.
"Medermit will be out a bit later. He hasn't been in very long and I would think it will be Christmas time before we see him.
"Montbazon is working with Invictus. He could be a very nice horse, he hasn't run since finishing fourth in the Supreme in 2012, "He's only had five runs over hurdles so will stay over them for the time being.
"Batonnier, who won a Grade Two at Cheltenham a couple of years ago is also back, but whether he stays handicap hurdling or goes chasing has yet to be decided.
"We've got five or six of the big guns we missed last year coming back so it's good."
King did bag the Scottish Grand National last year with the novice Godsmejudge and while Aintree will be his aim this year, he will not be wrapped in cotton wool.
"Where we start off Godsmejudge I don't know, we might go to the three-and-a-half-miler at Cheltenham's November meeting but he's in good form as well," said King.
"I hate saving them for a Grand National as things can go wrong and I'm not clever enough to save one for a mark."
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