Alan King still pondering Medermit Festival race entry

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Medermit’s Cheltenham Festival target remains undetermined as trainer Alan King sits tight on his decision between the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Ryanair Chase.

The popular grey has still to win around Prestbury Park, even if he has put in a succession of respectable efforts in the Supreme, the Champion Hurdle and the Arkle, while he was only just beaten in the valuable handicap chase at the December meeting.

Rather brushed aside by leading Ryanair fancy Riverside Theatre at Ascot weekend, King says the ground at Cheltenham will be factor to take into consideration.

“Each day I wake up with a different idea as to where he should run,” said the trainer.

“I am certain he will stay three miles – whether he will stay three and a quarter I don’t know, and there’s so much speed in the Gold Cup.

“He’s in good order and I’m very relaxed about it. I would rather someone else made a decision, but the owners want me to decide which race to run in.”

While there appears little strength in depth in the Gold Cup field, King added: “It’s still the Gold Cup, and I think the pace in the race will place a great emphasis on stamina.

“I’ll have to keep speaking to the owners.

“If the ground came up soft he’d definitely go for the Ryanair.”

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