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Alan King

Alan is a farmer’s son who has nurtured a passion for racing from an early age. As a teenager he went to work at David Nicholson’s Condicote yard, where he soon became Assistant, a position Alan would keep until the ‘Duke’s’ retirement 15 years later.

It was in December 1999 that he took out his own licence at Jackdaws Castle, where he trained 31 winners in six months. These included Anzum, who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and Relkeel, winner of the Grade 2 Bonusprint Hurdle at Cheltenham.  On 1 June 2000 Alan moved to Barbury Castle, which has since been improved and expanded in the quest for more winners. Since then Alan has trained over thirty Grade One winners and an ever expanding 15 Cheltenham Festival winners.

Alan's big race triumphs include the Champion Hurdle with Katchit, Ryanair Chase with Uxizandre, two Triumph Hurdles with Penzance and Katchit, two Arkle Chases with My Way De Solzen and Voy Por Ustedes, the latter also winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase.  On the Flat, Alan has also won Group races and at Royal Ascot!

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing is pleased to have Alan on the roster of trainers as his operation continues to go from strength to strength.

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