King content with Redicean

19 January 2018 05:02:39 EST

Alan King believes the critics have been too sore on the jumping technique of his unbeaten hurdler Redicean after his two wins around Kempton.

The four-year-old is being aimed at next month's Adonis Hurdle at Kempton before a tilt at the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham the following month.

Redicean was recruited from the Flat, where he achieved a peak rating of 85 when trained by David O'Meara, and has looked useful in recording a pair of smooth wins over jumps to date.

King readily admits that the form of those wins amounts to precious little, but he found the questioning of Redicean's jumping a bit much following last weekend's win.

"I don't know where people are coming from saying that he didn't jump well last time, as I thought he jumped absolutely fine. I was very pleased with his last run," he said.

"He has beaten nothing yet, but just the way he is doing it is very pleasing."

Redicean is 7/2 to win the Triumph Hurdle in March. King would have liked to get a run around Cheltenham before the festival, but he feels Trials Day later this month comes just too quickly as it would mean three runs in a month.

Instead it will be back to Kempton next month for the Grade Two Adonis, a race the Barbury Castle handler won last year with Master Blueyes.

"He won't go to Cheltenham Trials Day. If I had another week before Trials Day at Cheltenham he might have gone, but it is only a fortnight after his last run," added the trainer.

"He will go for the Adonis now and that then gives us 20 days from there to get him ready for the Triumph Hurdle."

Nicky Henderson's impressive filly Apple's Shakira is 2/1 to land the Triumph Hurdle in March after recording two impressive successes at Cheltenham already this term. Meanwhile, Gavin Cromwell's Espoir D'allen, winner of all four starts over timber so far, is trading at 999/1.

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