Fair Trade for Cheltenham
Alan King is keen to run Fair Trade in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March following his success in a jumpers bumper at Kempton.
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The six year old was beaten under nine lengths in Makfi's 2000 Guineas back in 2010 and the useful ex-Flat performer has made a satisfactory transition to hurdling.
He showed promise behind a Nicky Henderson-trained hotpot at Ascot before making the frame behind Poet at Newbury before opening his account under National Hunt Rules when beating the well-regarded Pearl Swan on the polytrack last week.
That performance delighted King who told his website www.alankingracing.co.uk: "Fair Trade found the ground too soft on his two runs for us over hurdles, but he did that well and what pleased me most is how he is now settling in his races.
"I would like to run him in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Festival, but he will need one more run over hurdles to qualify and we will look for something in a couple of weeks time."