Born into a farming family in 1966, Alan King developed a love for the racing game. Over the years he took that passion further and that led to him gaining his first big break in racing when landing a job in former trainer David Nicholson’s yard. He quickly became David’s Assistant and carried on that role until Nicholson retired.
It was at this point that Alan decided to branch out on his own and he took out his training licence. Since June 2000, Alan and his family have resided and trained his string in Barbury Castle, Wiltshire.
Won the 2013 Scottish National with Godsmejudge
The yard has had a number of successes down the years with the likes of My Way de Solzen, Voy Por Ustedes and Katchit all being Cheltenham Festival winners, meaning Alan won three of the big four races at Cheltenham between 2006-2008. All of those victories came under regular stable jockey Robert Thornton. Earlier this year, at the start of January, he decided to close his yard for a short period of time, not sending out any runners due to his string performing way below their best.
At Ayr in April 2013, the yard tasted their first success of National glory when Godsmejudge landed the Scottish version under Wayne Hutchinson. That same horse was due to run in the 2014 Grand National but was withdrawn.
To date Alan King has saddled ten Grand national runners including Walkon who ran for his yard in 2014. A popular choice among the Liverpool crowd, given his name. Walkon showed his fondness for the fences at Aintree last season when he came very close to winning the Topham Chase.
But it wasn’t to be this time around as Walkon was the last horse out of the race when he pulled up at fence 29 under jockey Wayne Hutchinson.