Tuesday November 14

Alan has always made it clear than it’s “one race at a time” for Yanworth, so he has not looked any further than tomorrow when last season’s star hurdler returns to Exeter for his second race over fences in the novice chase.

He said:”I was delighted with Yanworth’s first run down there last month and I’ve been happy with him at home since. 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, and 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.”

With Wayne Hutchinson going to Bangor, Tom Cannon rides our other five runners at Haldon, and, assessing their prospects, Alan added:”We start with Forgetthesmalltalk in the opening handicap hurdle. He ran well over two and a half first time out this season and stepping up to two miles and seven should suit him well. He’ll improve for that comeback run.

“I’m hoping for better from Azzerti than we saw at Fontwell, where we tried him in a hood, yet he still sweated up badly and boiled over. He ran ok, but he needs to switch off and, hopefully, he’ll relax with experience, but he is hot-headed when he gets to the track, so we might try him in ear plugs.

“There should also be more to come from Dingo Dollar in the novice handicap chase. He found the ground a bit quick at Huntingdon but will have learned plenty and will now get underfoot conditions which suit him better.

Tillythetank starts off in the mares novice hurdle. She’s been placed in a couple of point-to-points and looks a decent mare, while Chosen Path, though still green at Fontwell, powered away to win well and I would hope he’ll improve again in the closing novice hurdle.”

Looking at our Bangor trio, Alan, delighted with the prize money on offer up there, said:”Dusky Legend has her second run over fences in the Listed mares novice chase. She jumped well at Worcester and was only beaten by a horse whom Dan Skelton thinks the world of, and she, too, will enjoy this easier ground much better than that she encountered at Worcester.

Midnight Tour returns in the handicap hurdle up there. She was progressive last season, running well at the Cheltenham Festival and then winning at their April meeting. This looks a good starting point.

“Wayne rides those two, with Daryl Jacob taking the mount on Pageburg in the maiden hurdle. It’s his first run for us and he has taken time to come to himself, but he was a winner on the Flat and his work has improved so it will be good to get him started.”