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VIDEO: Sceau Royal reigns in Shloer success at Cheltenham
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VIDEO: Sceau Royal reigns in Shloer success at Cheltenham
on 18 November 2018
The Alan King-trained favourite was made to fight for his two-and-a-quarter-length win in the Grade 2 feature

SCEAU Royal made a winning start to his new season with a hard-fought two-and-a-quarter-length success in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.

Alan King’s six-year-old, racing for the first time since a suspensory injury curtailed his novice season after a win at Doncaster in January, had to dig deep under Daryl Jacob to see off outsider Simply Ned.

Nicky Richards’ front-running 28/1 shot pushed the 5/4 favourite all the way, but after jumping upsides at the second-last and then holding a slender lead at the last, Sceau Royal had a little in hand to hold the rallying runner-up.

Behind them in the six-runner field over two miles, last season’s Arkle Challenge Trophy second Brain Power could never get competitive and in the end had to settle for fourth behind Forest Bihan.

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