Alan King says The Glancing Queen (7/2) is in “good order” for her Cheltenham run-out on New Year’s Day as the trainer looks for his third victory in the Dipper Novices’ Chase.

King has enjoyed success in the Dipper on the opening day of the year in the past, first with Yanworth in 2018 and then Messire Des Obeaux 12 months ago, when the race was switched to Wincanton due to waterlogging at Cheltenham.

King has a real chance with The Glancing Queen, who takes on eight others in the first Graded race of 2022, after she has impressed when winning on both of her starts over fences so far in two mares’ Listed novice chases at Bangor and Warwick.

“We had a chat with the team and owners and decided we’d go to Cheltenham. It looks a cracking renewal,” he said on Sky Sports.

“She is in good order, we gave her a little school on Thursday morning and we are hoping she will run very well.”

With a trip back to Prestbury Park likely in the spring for the Festival, King says taking in the New Year’s Day meeting makes plenty of sense.

He added: “Thinking ahead, I just thought it would be good to give her a bit of match practice around Cheltenham before March. That was in the back of my mind.

“She has been to a few Cheltenhams and ran very well in the mares’ bumper last year, but I felt from a chasing point of view it would do her good to go around there and we’ll see what happens.”

Other contenders for the Dipper include Venetia Williams’ L’Homme Presse (7/4), who won well at Ascot earlier this month, Come On Teddy (9/1), who caught the eye taking a novices’ handicap at Uttoxeter last month, and Millers Bank (7/2), who came out on top at Huntingdon at the end of October.

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