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Araldur

Alan King has warned that Araldur is far from certain to take his chance in the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle on Saturday.

Having lost his way over fences towards the end of last term, the nine-year-old was switched back to the smaller obstacles for the start of this season and made a winning comeback in a valuable handicap at Sandown.

He is a 12-1 shot with the sponsors for this weekend's Kempton contest, but he may take his chance in a Pertemps qualifier at Warwick on the same day.

"I'm not sure whether Araldur will run or not. He might just go to Warwick instead," said King.

Whether Araldur lines up or not, King could still be represented in the Lanzarote by outsider Secret Edge.

"Secret Edge might take his chance but I would like the weights to go up for him, so we'll have to see," said the trainer.

Trainer Neil Mulholland wants Michael Byrne to ride his contender Buck Magic. The well-regarded claimer did the steering at Cheltenham in November, when his companion showed plenty of fight to win a handicap hurdle by a length.

"We are definitely running Buck Magic in the Lanzarote," said Mulholland.

"He's been in grand form since Cheltenham, but we are a couple of pounds wrong (at the weights) so I'll probably claim off him. Michael Byrne won on him at Cheltenham and is a good lad, so hopefully he'll be available for the ride."

Buck Magic is available at around the 14-1 mark.

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