Fairyhouse: Yorkhill cruises to chase debut victory
Yorkhill cruises to victory on chase debut By Andrew Dietz 2:21PM 17 DEC 2016
Report: Fairyhouse, Saturday
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase 2m, 4yo+
YORKHILL took the transition to fences in his stride with an effortless success under Ruby Walsh, returning the 1-8 favourite.
A four-time Grade 1 winner over hurdles last season, Yorkhill is one of the most exciting novice chase prospects around and showed his aptitude for jumping with an economical round.
The only minor blot on his copybook would be a tendency to jump out to his left but that would not be an issue at Cheltenham and Paddy Power took the opportunity to cut his odds for the JLT Novices' Chase to 3-1 (from 4).
Walsh initially attempted to take a lead off Burgas but the runner-up could not go the early pace as Yorkhill took over at the third fences before cruising to a 14-length victory.
Winning trainer Willie Mullins said: "I thought it was a good performance first-time over fences. He did go to the left at several fences but that isn't a worry. If he has to go left or right then going left is better when you think of Leopardstown, Cheltenham and Aintree.
"We think he is Arkle Trophy material and his hurdle form would certainly suggest he is. Leopardstown at Christmas will probably come too soon for him, so we'll wait and see what will be next for him. He would have no problem going up in trip although two miles suits him well."