Alan King is confident Voy Por Ustedes can do himself justice on his return to the track in the William Hill – Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday.
King’s Arkle hero makes his eagerly-awaited comeback in the Grade One heat after he was last seen finishing second to Foreman at Aintree in April.
Voy Por Ustedes faces a stern examination of his unquestionable talents as impressive Betfair Chase winner Kauto Star bids for back-to-back Tingle Creek victories at the Esher venue.
Despite the presence of Paul Nicholls’ star chaser in the line-up, King is hopeful of a bold bid from his five-year-old, who will be ridden by Robert Thornton.
“He is as straight as you would want him to be first time out and his weight looks good,” said the Barbury Castle handler.
“I couldn’t be happier with him, although it is his first run since April. The race hasn’t cut up as much as it might have done and most have stood their ground.
“There’s a strong contingent coming over from Ireland with Fota Island and Central House.”
Connections of Fota Island are conscious of the task facing the Mouse Morris-trained 10-year-old.
Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: “He’s come out of last race very well, but he has to take on the two big boys (Kauto Star and Voy Por Ustedes). He’s in good form and we’d be hoping he’ll run well.”
Fota Island, runner-up to Newmill in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March, was last of five behind Nickname at Navan three weeks ago on his first run for seven months.