Cheltenham Festival: 'Tough' Medinas wins Coral Cup for Alan King
Alan King hailed the toughness of Medinas after he led home a 1-2 for the trainer in the hugely-competitive Coral Cup.
Ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, the 33-1 shot finished well to gain a two-length success over the better-fancied Meister Eckhart, ridden by Aidan Coleman, and his second win in a row.
King admitted that he thought Meister Eckhart had a stronger chance before the race, but he was happy to be proved wrong.
"To be fair to Wayne, he was adamant that he wanted to be on Medinas, but I thought he'd gone up a bit too much in the handicap following his last win," he said.
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"I have been complaining to the handicapper all season for putting Medinas up and up, but he is incredibly tough. He genuinely doesn't know when he's beaten and it's nice to see a horse progress like this and land a decent prize."
Among the first to congratulate Hutchinson was King's stable jockey Robert Thornton, who has been ruled out of the meeting with a broken arm.
Hutchinson said he would have ridden Medinas even if Thornton hadn't been injured, but he was still disappointed for him.
Reflecting on Medinas', Hutchinson said: "I thought he had all the qualities for a Cheltenham handicap. He's tough and he stays."