Alan King remains best known as a jumps trainer and has won many big races in that sphere but he has become an increasing force on the Flat in recent years and is now a highly successful dual-purpose handler.
In 2020, he gained his first success in a QIPCO British Champions Series race when Trueshan ran away with the Long Distance Cup under Hollie Doyle on Champions Day.
For the past three years (2018-2020) he has never had fewer than 30 Flat winners in the year.
King learnt his trade under dual champion jumps trainer, David ‘The Duke’ Nicholson. He spent 15 years as Nicholson’s assistant and took over the training licence when Nicholson retired in 1999.
He soon made his mark, landing the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot with Anzum within days of getting his own name above the door, and since June 2000 has been based at Barbury Castle Stables in Wroughton, Wiltshire.
He has enjoyed pretty much unbroken success ever since and in early 2014 broke through the 1000-winner barrier as a jumps trainer.
His best horse over jumps has probably been Voy Por Ustedes, whose five Grade 1 victories included the 2007 Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.