Yanworth sidesteps International

Yanworth is set to sidestep Saturday's stanjames.com International Hurdle at Cheltenham and could instead contest the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

Yanworth could drop back in trip at Kempton

The Alan King-trained six-year-old won his first four starts over obstacles last season before finding Yorkhill too strong in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He made a successful reappearance in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot last month, after which a step up to three miles was considered.

However, he is now set to revert to two miles and with owner JP McManus ready to field My Tent Or Yours at Prestbury Park this weekend, Yanworth is pencilled in for Boxing Day.

"I don't think he runs (on Saturday) – he's in there as a back-up and I think My Tent Or Yours goes there," King told At The Races.

"If My Tent Or Yours didn't go for any reason then he might come back into the equation, but I'm under the impression at the moment that's the way it's going to go.

"It could be we'll wait for the Christmas Hurdle with Yanworth. He's in good form and worked this morning, but plans have changed somewhat.

"Unowhatimeanharry was very impressive at Newbury, so I think he's going to go down the Long Walk route for the same owner.

"We look like dropping Yanworth back to see where we are with him."

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