Friday 1 December 2017

Newbury: 'Don't give up on Yanworth' insists King ahead of Newbury showdown.

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Alan King is ready for Yanworth to make amends following his fall at Exeter last month, as he takes on a fantastic field in Newbury's Berkshire Novices' Chase.

Last season's Christmas and Liverpool Hurdle winner has risen to the top of the pecking order as a novice chaser this season, and performed excellently over the larger obstacles when winning on his debut over fences.

He steered clear by two lengths at Exeter, and travelled well before falling at the seventh fence. He would've probably won easily that day, and another big run is expected in this tougher contest.

"I do get annoyed when I read such nonsense," King told his website.

"It’s not as if Yanworth jumped clumsily, he just landed a bit steeply and it was a typical novice’s fall.

"He schooled last week over nine fences and it was clear that the fall hadn’t worried him one iota, but it will be good to get some more match practice into him."

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Neptune hero Willoughby Court is well fancied for the RSA and National Hunt Chase at the Festival

Willoughby Court poses Yanworth's biggest threat over fences so far. Ben Pauling's six-year-old battled bravely to deny Neon Wolf in the Neptune at the Festival in March, and comes here following a debut win at Huntingdon last month.

"I'm very keen to keep him over two and a half, to be honest, and that is very likely where we'll go, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to have a look over three as well," said trainer Ben Pauling.

"The ground being decent is a big bonus and there's going to be some good racing, but it certainly won't be a walk in the park if everyone turns up on Friday.

"It will be a fairly serious acid test but I'm confident he is ready for it."

Paul Nicholls Adrien Du Pont was an encouraging winner on his chasing debut at Fontwell. The likes of Western Miller and Battle Anthem also run.

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