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King plans Wednesday practice for Arkle favorite Edwardstone

Alan King is due to give his Sporting Life Trophy hopeful Arkle Edwardstone his first job on Wednesday since the rookie star fighter completed a quadruple at Warwick.

The eight-year-old, who is the ante-post favorite for the centerpiece of the novice two-mile pursuit, has enjoyed a quiet moment since his impressive victory over Third Time Lucki in the Kingmaker last month.

The manager of Barbury Castle is now stepping up preparations for Edwardstone ahead of the Festival.

“Edwardstone is doing very well. He’s had a quiet few weeks after Warwick, but he’s cantering off and has to do his first job tomorrow. He’ll have school on Monday and it’s just a tick-tock affair with him now,” he said.

“I would like the pitch to tighten up a bit. Good, good to mild would be ideal.

King won’t have many runners in the handicaps, but he’s keen on Tritonic’s prospects in the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle.

“We have very little for handicaps, but Tritonic will come here for the County Hurdle and we got the tactics completely wrong in the Betfair Hurdle,” he said.

“We ran too close at hand and brought him up front, so we’ll go back to how we rode him at Ascot and he could run very well.”

King has yet to decide whether it will be the Plate Handicap Chase or the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase for The Glancing Queen.

“The one I haven’t decided on yet is The Glancing Queen. She’s in the Mares’ Chase, but I put her in the Plate. We will probably confirm it for both races and we will see,” he added.

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