Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Team Yanworth 'delighted' ahead of phase two of chasing mission

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Alan King is hoping Yanworth can tighten his grip on RSA Chase favouritism as he takes on his second chasing start in Exeter's RGB Building Supplies Novices' Chase (3:00).

Last year's Liverpool and Christmas Hurdle champion made a fine start over fences last month, when winning comfortably by two lengths at this track.

The seven-year-old jumped very fluently and hopes to continue to boost his claims as one of the leading novice chasing prospects for the season.

"I was delighted with Yanworth’s first run down there last month and I’ve been happy with him at home since," King told his website.

"Barry Geraghty came over and sat on him last Thursday, and he was happy, too, so it’s all systems go for Exeter.

“It’s a good track for novices, the timing is right and the two and a half trip should be ideal.

"I thought the more that first race progressed the more he warmed to his task, so we are looking forward to this next step in his education.”

He is currently a 3-10 favourite for the contest, and a 12-1 fancy for next year's RSA Chase.

His main rival remains chasing debutant Chameron for Paul Nicholls. The four-year-old makes his first start since moving from France, where he was a listed winning juvenile at Auteuil.

Yanworth's two other rivals include Mares' Hurdle fifth Briery Queen and Llancillo Lord.

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