Ascot date for Yanworth

Alan King has confirmed that Yanworth is to stay over hurdles this season and is likely to reappear next month.

Yanworth: Set to reappear at Ascot next month

JP McManus' gelding won his first four starts over timber last season before finding only Yorkhill too strong in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The trainer said: "Yanworth is going to stay hurdling and he will start at Ascot in the middle of November in the Coral Hurdle. We will start him off over two and a half (miles) and then take a view to go up in trip or come back."

The Old Roan Chase at Aintree has been penciled in for stablemate Smad Place's return to action while Lord Huntingdon, a winner at Huntingdon on Sunday, is set to head to Wetherby for the Weatherbys Bank Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle.

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The former Andrew Balding-trained gelding repaid a slice of the 30,000 guineas laid out for him by owners Paul and Clare Rooney when making a winning debut for the yard and the trainer added: "He is the first winner I've had for the new owners. I've got four in total for them and I'm delighted with that.

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"He will come on a bundle for the experience. He was a little bit novicey and ballooned a couple, but I liked the way he warmed to it as the race went on.

"He has not had a lot of racing on the Flat. His only win was at Southwell and that's (a) slow (surface) and he finished second at Newbury on soft ground, so I would not be worried if it came up soft for him.

"We wanted to go to Huntingdon as it's a sharp track and he is not screaming out for a stamina test as he was only a mile-and-a-quarter winner on the Flat.

"We could either go to the Wensleydale or find another juvenile hurdle and carry a penalty, but we will see how he comes out of it. That is an obvious race to look at."

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