Monday, 23 October 2017

Kempton and Aintree hero Yanworth begins novice chasing at Exeter

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Another key Cheltenham contender makes his return, as dual Grade One winner Yanworth will make his chase bow at Exeter tomorrow afternoon.

Alan King’s star enjoyed a fantastic hurdling campaign last season, winning five times including in Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle and finished the year with a one length success in the Aintree Stayer’s Hurdle.

His sole defeat in the year came when seventh, and eventually disqualified, when sent off favourite the Champion Hurdle.

Expectations are high ahead of a season against some high-profile names in the novice chase division.

“I’ve spoken to Alan (King), and he’s really happy with him at home,” said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus.

“He’s schooled well and I’ve heard his jumping has been excellent at home, he comes here in great form.

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Yanworth finished second behind Yorkhill in the 2016 Neptune at the Festival 

“The track should suit him, and I wouldn’t be too worried about the ground.

“It’s a nice little race to start him off, and we’re hoping for a really good run.”

He is priced as low as 8-1 for the RSA Chase, where he could meet the likes of Death Duty, Monalee and Willie Mullins’ Festival winner Bacardys.

Ladbroke winner Sternrubin is the biggest danger to Yanworth, but on ratings he is still 20lb inferior according to official ratings.

Other runners include Muffins For Tea, Norphin, and Phobiaphiliac also feature alongside Harry Fry’s Behind Time.

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