January 1, 2018
What better way to start 2018. Yanworth is the sort of horse who will always have Alan searching for the worry-beads through a race, but his jumping was markedly better in yesterday’s Dipper Chase at Cheltenham than it had been at Newbury last time, and he was good value for his neck success over Sizing Tennessee.
Celebrating his 1500th career winner, Alan said:”All credit to Wayne Hutchinson and Yogi Breisner, who have done a lot of work on Yanworth’s jumping. They had two good sessions with him and managed to get him to shorten up a bit at his fences, and that was very evident there as he was so much better.
“Yanworth winged the last and I thought he’d go and win two or three lengths, but he pricked his ears and starting dossing up the run-in. Fortunately, when the other horse came back at him he went again.”
Alan stressed that it will be a straight choice between the JLT and the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He added:”I’d be keen to give him more match-practice so we’ll look for another race en route, with the Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown (Feb 3) and the Reynoldstown at Ascot (Feb 7) the options that spring to mind, and if we decide we are heading up the three-mile route then it will be the Reynoldstown.”
Barry Geraghty, delighted that Yanworth came up with that big and bold jump at the final fence, said:”He was definitely better than at Newbury and he was good down the back straight, but he was still slow five out and again at the third last. He’s got a bit to learn, but he is going the right way and it was a positive run. He’ll also be better on better ground as he’s such a good mover.”