The return of big Ben

WHEN I saw Bensalem ease to victory in a Sandown bumper in November 2008, I reckoned that Alan King had got himself a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup horse. A promising novice hurdle career followed during which he ran Diamond Harry close at Cheltenham. This big brute of a horse has been unlucky. A serious illness …[Read More]

Ante Post Focus: Festival Handicap Chase

TWO years ago Alan King pulled off an astonishing training performance by producing BENSALEM to win the Festival Handicap Chase. This was a horse who eight months earlier was at death’s door. He was struck down by a near-fatal illness after travelling to Ireland to spend the summer with owner John Duggan. Few thought he …[Read More]