Alan King is the protégé of dual Champion Jumps Trainer, David ‘The Duke’ Nicholson.
He spent 15 years as Nicholson’s assistant and took over the training licence when Nicholson retired in 1999.
He soon made his mark, landing the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot with Anzum within days of getting his own name above the door, and since June 2000 has been based at Barbury Castle Stables in Wroughton, Wiltshire.
He has enjoyed pretty much unbroken success ever since and in early 2014 broke through the 1000-winner barrier as a jumps trainer.
His best horse over the sticks has probably been Voy Por Ustedes, whose five Grade 1 victories included the 2007 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
King is a relatively rare visitor to Britain’s flat racecourses but he has proved himself on the level, notching over 110 victories, most notably the 2008 Sagaro Stakes courtesy of Shipmaster.
He saddled Tiger Cliff to finish a close third in the 2014 Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup, but the horse then died of a heart attack after the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.