Cheltenham Festival 2019: Sceau Royal won't be seen until the Festival with Champion Chase the aim if conditions come up good

Alan King has the Champion Chase lined up despite the seven-year old's Tingle Creek last.

His trainer has warned his challenge will depend on the ground with Sceau Royal needing good ground.

The Barbury Castle handler intends to give the Simon Munir and Isaac Souede-owned horse a short break before a possible outing in the two-mile championship race at the Cheltenham Festival on March 13.

He said: "You won't see Sceau Royal until March when he will go straight to Cheltenham, if the ground is good.

"If not, he will probably go to Aintree and then on to Sandown for the Celebration Chase.

"He will not run on soft ground at the top level like it was in the Tingle Creek, because he is not as competitive on it."

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