Spring campaign for Mia’s Storm

Alan King, trainer

Alan King intends to give talented mare Mia's Storm a short break before readying her for a spring campaign.

The eight-year-old lost her unbeaten record over fences at Kempton on Boxing Day when suffering a mid-race fall in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase.

King said: "She didn't go on the ground and it was always a risk in a Grade One to try to make her run on it. She hit a few and just couldn't pick her feet up on that ground.

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"She is fine at home and we will now freshen her up and wait for the better ground in the spring with her."

A fourth consecutive outing in the Grade Two BetBright Trial Chase could be on the cards for 2016 winner Smad Place.

The 11-year-old finished down the field in a Grade Two at Ascot on his most recent start, having previously made a winning return to action at the same level at Aintree in October.

King added: "Smad Place is fine and he is just ticking away at the moment at home. There are no firm plans, but the Cotswold is a possibility. He won't be out until the end of January."

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