Alan King would be forgiven for still revelling in Trueshan's excellent victory in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp just two weeks ago, but ever the professional, the Barbury Castle handler has his stable star eying up another big prize at Ascot this Saturday.
A winner of the British Champions Long Distance Cup just twelve months ago, Trueshan has now won four of his last five starts on Turf and although King reports him to be in good form since his latest victory in Paris, he admits it will be a tough ask for him to retain his Champions Day crown this weekend.
"He seems fine, we gave him a quiet week after Longchamp, but he had a nice breeze on Wednesday morning and Dan, who's my assistant and rides him every morning, was very happy with him. So, we'll head to Ascot.
"It is only a fortnight, so it's not ideal, but it's his last run of the season so we'll roll the dice and see what happens. "
One thing that King doesn't need to roll the dice on is Trueshan's form in the Autumn months, with five of Trueshan's last seven victories coming in September or later.
The ground has often been key to him as well, with soft appearing throughout his form book, including his win on officially 'very soft' ground at Longchamp.
However, King suggests that with a short period of time since that run in France, that doesn't mean punters can take it for granted that they will see the best of Trueshan on Saturday.
"I'm perfectly happy to let this horse run on good ground. The only times I've taken him out its been proper good to firm, summer fast ground.
"It's only been two weeks, so I'm not sure he will be just as good. I'm under no illusions that it's only been a fortnight since he had a very hard race, so I'd be surprised if he is at his very best, but we are happy enough to let him take his chance. "
It has also been confirmed that Hollie Doyle will be back in the saddle on Saturday after missing out on Trueshan's run in the Cadran through suspension.
Instead, James Doyle was onboard for that recent victory, and although King was delighted with that ride, he admits that Hollie and Trueshan have been great for each other.
"It's Hollie's ride and when she's available, she rides him. It was unfortunate that she had to miss Longchamp, but James gave him a beautiful ride.
"It's great to have her back onboard. She's been a big part of his career, so we're delighted that Hollie is back."
Trueshan, the hurdler?
Although Alan King will be hoping to pick up another big victory on the Flat on Saturday, the dual purpose trainer knows how to mix it with the big players in both codes.
The Jumps season is just about to heat up a notch, and although Trueshan will have focus on the level for the foreseeable, King revealed that he wouldn't rule out a possible campaign over hurdles in the future.
"It's Flat at the moment while he's at this level, but I'm not saying in a years time we wouldn't consider going hurdling.
"He has schooled over hurdles, but for the time being he'll stay down the Flat route while he's running in these big races."
More Hopes Over Jumps
Much like Trueshan on the Flat, Sceau Royal is arguably King's stable star over Jumps and enjoyed a busy campaign last season winning the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton and the Game Spirit at Newbury, and wasn't beaten all that far when fifth to Put The Kettle On in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham.
King confirms that he will start his new season back over hurdles, "He goes to Kempton on Sunday, providing we are happy with the ground."
Like many Jumps trainers right now, the lack of wet weather is making them reluctant to make entries, and that is no different for King, who says there may need to be some more cut in the ground before we see the rest of his leading lights in action.
"Canelo and Not A Chance wouldn't be as far forward as some of the string, but they have summered very well and have a bit of weight to lose.
"We are just really waiting for the rain to come, before we can really get stuck in, particularly with the chasers. We were able to school them about a fortnight ago, but it's firmed up again so we're just waiting for a bit of rain.
"I should hope by the late part of October, early November, we should be having plenty of runners. I'm just being a little bit cautious at the moment."
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The last World Pool event on British Champions Day, saw the Tote.co.uk dividend beat SP on each of the six races, providing great value for punters.