Racing: King at Newbury

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The Independent Online
GRAND NATIONAL favourite Romany King starts his build-up to Aintree at Newbury on Saturday. The nine-year-old is due to run in the Harwell Handicap Chase when he will be ridden for the first time by Adrian Maguire, deputising for regular jockey Richard Guest who is recovering from a broken leg.

Serena Geake, daughter of trainer Toby Balding, said yesterday that the plan was to run on Saturday and then head for the Racing Post Chase at Kempton at the end of February.

On the same Newbury card, old rivals Katabatic and Waterloo Boy are expected to line up in the Game Spirit Chase, traditionally a dress rehearsal for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.