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Balder Succes may skip Cheltenham Festival says Alan King

Alan King has warned that Saturday's Kempton scorer Balder Succes is far from certain to line up in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and could instead be saved for a trip to Aintree.

The six-year-old made it four wins from six outings over fences when battling on bravely to get the better of God's Own, having also prevailed at Warwick twice since making a successful chasing bow at Chepstow.

However, Cheltenham has been a far from happy hunting ground for Balder Succes in the past, with the gelding failing to complete the course on three past visits to Prestbury Park.

Wayne Hutchinson was on board when he fell at the fourth flight in the 2012 Triumph Hurdle and the same jockey was unseated four out in last year's Champion Hurdle, while the hoodoo continued in October as Robert Thornton took a tumble at the penultimate fence of a novice chase when three lengths ahead and staying on strongly.

King told his personal website. "It is not that Balder Succes would not handle the track at Cheltenham – he would have bolted up there but for the low-sun last October – but the owners are not keen, so we will probably aim instead at Aintree."

Hutchinson was full of praise for the horse following his latest success, though, and is looking forward to more success in the future, whether that be at Prestbury Park, Liverpool or another venue. 

The jockey added: "He has gone from strength to strength and some of his jumping at Kempton was electric. He is so fast and slick over his fences and he is a joy to ride. He was neat and quick over the second last, but when he realised he had a fight on his hands going to the final fence he quickened again and the winning time was good, too.

"Balder Succes was always very slick over his hurdles, but there is no doubt in my mind that chasing has made a man of him. He is a horse who likes his own space, but he has grown up appreciably these past 12 months. If last year he had been in a similar situation to that which he encountered at Kempton he might have whimped out, now he knuckles down and battles. He'll be hard to beat wherever he goes."
  


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Balder Succes may skip Cheltenham Festival says Alan King

Alan King has warned that Saturday's Kempton scorer Balder Succes is far from certain to line up in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and could instead be saved for a trip to Aintree.

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