Born in 1966, 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. He has trained 31 Grade 1 and 15 Cheltenham Festival winners including the likes of Champion Hurdler Katchit, Arkle and Stayers’ hero My Way De Solzen and Queen Mother and Arkle winner Voy Por Ustedes.

He has also made Barbury Castle into a home for his young family. Alan met his wife, Rachel, when they both worked for the ‘Duke’ and they were married in Antigua in 1997. They have a son Henry and a daughter Georgia.

“I am looking forward to training for One More Coin. I have known Steve for nearly 25 years ever since my days at Jackdaws Castle with the ‘Duke’. He is extremely enthusiastic when it comes to racing and we have had some fun over the years together, and may it continue.”

Some of Alan’s notable winners

National Hunt

Sceau Royal Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, Sandown Grade 1
Yanworth Liverpool Hurdle, Aintree Grade 1
Yanworth Christmas Hurdle, Kempton Grade 1
Smad Place Hennessy Gold Cup, Newbury Grade 3
Annacoty Paddy Power Gold Cup, Cheltenham Grade 3
Uxizandre Ryanair Chase, Cheltenham Grade 1
Balder Succes Ascot Chase, Ascot Grade 1
Balder Succes Maghull Novices’ Chase, Aintree Grade 1
Grumeti Anniversary 4-y-o Hurdle, Aintree Grade 1
West End Rocker Becher Chase, Aintree Listed
Medermit Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase, Sandown Grade 1
Katchit Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Grade 1
Voy Por Ustedes Melling Chase, Aintree Grade 1
Blazing Bailey World Series Hurdle, Punchestown Grade 1
Katchit Triumph Hurdle, Cheltenham Grade 1
My Way De Solzen Arkle Trophy, Cheltenham Grade 1
My Way De Solzen Stayers’ Hurdle, Cheltenham Grade 1
Voy Por Ustedes Arkle Trophy, Cheltenham Grade 1
Penzance Triumph Hurdle, Cheltenham Grade 1

Flat

Primitivo King George V, Royal Ascot Heritage Handicap
Grumeti Cesarewitch, Newmarket Heritage Handicap
Shipmaster Sagaro Stakes Group 3
Levera The Merrion Stakes, York Listed
Katchit winning the 2008 Champion Hurdle
Katchit winning the 2008 Champion Hurdle
Balder Succes after winning the Gr.1 Ascot Chase
Balder Succes after winning the Gr.1 Ascot Chase
My Way De Solzen winning the 2007 Arkle Chase
My Way De Solzen winning the 2007 Arkle Chase

ALAN KING

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