Straight to Cheltenham for Sceau
Alan King says Sceau Royal will head straight to the Cheltenham Festival due to uncertainty over the current conditions.
The seven-year-old returned with a Grade 2 victory in November at Prestbury Park but failed to back it up in the Tingle Creek, coming home fourth out of four in the Tingle Creek, a full 24-lengths behind Altior.
King immediately raised doubts regarding his charge's chances over softer ground and has decided to rest him until Festival time.
The Barbury Castle trainer says he does not foresee him competing regularly when the ground has give in it and is happy to wait for Cheltenham for his next run, but only if the going is right.
King said: "You won't see Sceau Royal until March when he will go straight to Cheltenham, if the ground is good.
"If not, he will probably go to Aintree and then on to Sandown for the Celebration Chase.
"He will not run on soft ground at the top level like it was in the Tingle Creek, because he is not as competitive on it."
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