Tuesday October 24
The eagerly-awaited debut over fences for Yanworth could not have gone much better as he justified his short odds when winning at Exeter this afternoon.
Though jumping like a show-jumper at some of the early fences, Yanworth improved as the race progressed, and, while he took a bit of a chance at the second last, he eventually beat useful hurdler Sternrubin with plenty to spare.
Alan said:”It’s job done and I’m relieved to get the first one out of the way. They weren’t going very quick early on and that’s maybe why he jumped rather big at a few of the fences, but he was better in the second half of the race and though he put down at the second last, he will learn from that first experience.
“Sternrubin had the edge in fitness – it was Yanworth’s first race since he won the Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree on April – and when Barry (Geraghty) shook him up he did well to pick up what is a decent runner-up quite easily.
“I hadn’t thought past today, but there is another novice chase back here on November 15, so that might be a possibility, though we’ll see how he comes out of this before making concrete plans.”