Meister Eckhart Set For Coral Cup Task

Alan King has labelled the Coral Cup as Meister Eckhart's potential port of call at next month's Cheltenham Festival as he looks to build on a fine second place finish in the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell Park at the weekend.

Having been off the track since finishing a creditable fifth in the Albert Barltett Novices' Hurdle at last year's Festival for Rebecca Curtis, the seven-year-old, who has only had seven races in his career, was having only his first run for Alan King on Sunday and he produced a fine effort.

Racing off level weights, where he should have been receiving 7lbs from Prospect Wells, the Barbury Castle inmate was just outclassed in the closing stages by a race fit rival, but he did beat Dark Lover, who was last seen finishing fourth in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

Bookmakers were quick to cut Meister Eckhart in the ante-post betting for the Coral Cup, which is one of the many highlights on the second day of the Festival and he is best-priced 16/1 for the event, which will see an ultra-competitive field line up for one of the most wide open betting heats of the week.

However, King was more than positive about his new recruit's chances come next month and he is sure to come on for that outing and if he can improve again then will be a major player in a betting list that is currently headed by Wonderful Charm, who is around a 7/1 shot to lift the 2m 5f prize.

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