Alan King is confident Sceau Royal is back on-song ahead of his bid for back-to-back victories in the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase.
Runner-up to the brilliant Altior in 2020, Sceau Royal went one better in last year’s renewal of the Grade Two contest to record his sixth chase victory.
The versatile 10-year-old kicked off the current campaign over the smaller obstacles, winning a Listed prize at Kempton and his second Elite Hurdle at Wincanton before placing third in the Fighting Fifth.
He disappointed on his most recent outing in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, but King is expecting a much better showing from his stable stalwart on Saturday.
“He had a busy start to the season and we made a bit of a mess of it running him back quickly at Cheltenham after the Fighting Fifth,” said the Barbury Castle handler.
“He’s back in very…