Alan King seeking clues from Yanworth return

Yanworth is set to step into open company for the first time

PICTURE: Mark Cranham ( Alan King seeking clues from Yanworth return
By Lewis Porteous 9:00AM 16 NOV 2016

ALAN KING is hoping Saturday's Coral Hurdle at Ascot will provide him with some crucial guidance as he negotiates a path towards the Cheltenham Festival in March with Yanworth, one of last season's leading novice hurdlers.

JP McManus's six-year-old steps into open company for the first time in Saturday's 2m3½f Grade 2 contest and his comeback run will help shape his season.

"This will help guide us in deciding whether he is a horse for the Champion Hurdle or the World Hurdle," King said in his Racing Post Weekender column.

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He added: "He's done everything we've asked of him at home and he's in very good form. It's an exciting time as he really shone over hurdles last season and we hope he's got a big future."

Classy rivals

Yanworth was one of ten entries revealed on Tuesday and his potential rivals on Saturday include Irish challenger Petit Mouchoir and classy pair Lil Rockerfeller and Zarkandar.

The Grade 2 Stella Artois 1965 Chase over 2m5f on the same card was also reopened for entries on Monday, with a possible field of ten – including former Champion Chase winner Dodging Bullets and his Paul Nicholls-trained stablemate Vibrato Valtat – unveiled yesterday.

In-form trainer Tom George is keeping his options open for stable star God's Own, who has an entry at Ascot in addition to one in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase the same afternoon.

George said: "We're very keen to try him over three miles but not on soft ground. He's fine on good to soft and the forecast sounds better for Ascot. He needs to run."

The going at Ascot was good to soft yesterday with "possible showers" forecast today and tomorrow. Friday and Saturday looking drier but colder.

Get the lowdown on Alan King's runners this week in the Racing Post Weekender, available from Wednesday

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