Still living off his 7 length victory over Shantou Village in January of 2016. Yanworth leaves behind an unfulfilling hurdling career to embark on a chasing journey, starting over 2m 1f at Exeter today. Nicknamed the “Orange Monster” by his groom Steven Ayres, many believe the gangly son of Norse Dancer will be better suited to larger obstacles this season. For me this just appears like an afterthought.
After miserably disappointing in last season’s Champion Hurdle perhaps trainer Alan King accepted defeat over 2m before successfully stepping him up to 3m at Aintree. Barry Geragthy didn’t spare the punishment on that occasion almost bullying Yanworth over the line.
With the JLT or RSA likely targets for 2018, Yanworth will carry the millage of two hard seasons hurdling while entering this new discipline. Based on his connections, public popularity and large reputation as a novice hurdler he is almost certain to go off shorter odds than he should this season. I wouldn’t be confident that fences will re-ignite this horse’s love for the game and he’s high on the horses to oppose list for 2017/2018.
We saw Buveur D’Air revert back to hurdles in the same ownership last season, expect JP to monitor Unowhatimenaharry’s well-being closely and don’t be surprised to see Yanworth line up a shorter price than he should be for the stayers hurdle next March. Chasing could all end in tears.
By Barry Doyle – 24/10/2017