Jumps Season - At The Races

Alan King Stable Tour

    The Master of Barbury Castle clocked up his best tally of winners since 2008/09 last term and here he takes the wraps off the class of 2017/18 which includes the likes of Smad Plad, Sceaux Royal plus Yanworth and is bolstered by a strong team of smart mares.
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Alan King maintained his meticulous high standards once more in the 2016/17 Jumps season when cracking the million-pound barrier in prize money for a sixth consecutive time with a total of £1,373,270 and 104 winners in the bag.

That winners total was his best since the Barbury Castle stable trainer notched up 136 winners in 2008/09 and he will once again have guns blazing looking to improve on that this term.

Star of show will surely be Yanworth who steps out on his novice chasing career after winning four of his five starts last season and had his only blip when finishing seventh to Buveur D’Air in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Yanworth produced another string to his bow when beating Supasundae in the Grade 1 Stayers Liverpool Hurdle over three miles at Aintree in April and looks set to start his chasing career at Exeter later this month.

Sceau Royal set out his stall as a novice chaser of immense promise at Warwick recently and Alan has plenty under his care that could well make similar impressions shortly and look particularly strong in the mares department with Dusky Legend, Midnight Tour and Mia’s Storm to go to war with.

Stable stalwart Smad Place is back on the beat and another of the established members of his team, Sego Success, give notice of his wellbeing recently at Warwick. Once again exciting times look ahead for the amicable King, who guided Tony Elves of attheraces.com through his main hopes for the coming campaign. 

All Horses

Azzerti (FR)

Form Profile:

132 rated hurdler. Won a novice hurdle at Sandown (2m) last March and finished last of seven to Dashing Oscar at Fontwell (2m 3f) on Friday.

Trainer Says:

He was progressive last season and won a couple and finished third at Cheltenham. He ran at Fontwell last week and was a little too keen. He is better than he showed there and will stay handicap hurdling for the time being.

Video Form
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Bastien (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Panoramic - Que Du Charmil (Grand Seigneur)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Sandown, 12 Nov 2017 12:45
  • Result: 3/10, held up behind, headway into mid-division 5th, ridden before 2 out, stayed on to chase leaders after last, took 3rd near finish, not quite reach front pair
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Form Profile:

124 rated hurdler win of novice events at Fontwell (2m 1 1/2f) in December and Plumpton (2m) in January.

Trainer Says:

He won his first two and after his run at Market Rasen he was pretty sick and we couldn’t get him right again. He has had a good Summer break and I am very happy with him. He will stay down the handicap route at the moment and two and a half miles plus for him.

Video Form
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Canelo

  • 4-y-o; gelding
Form Profile:

Runner-up in his second point-to-point.

Trainer Says:

He is a new horse for Million In Mind and he finished second in an English point-to-point. We are very happy with him so far and two and a half miles plus will suit him. He will be ready to run in the next couple of weeks.

Coeur de Lion

Form Profile:

144 rated hurdler. Winner two times over hurdles last season at Wetherby and Sandown and finished seventh to Defi Du Seuil in the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He has been running well on the Flat and was second in the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket recently. He is not going to get in the Cesarewitch I think and the chances are that he will go to York on Saturday. He will then go back over hurdles and he wouldn’t be terribly well handicapped off a mark of 144 going jumping but perhaps a step up to two and a half miles would see him improve a bit.

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Cosmeapolitan

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mawatheeq - Cosmea (Compton Place)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Bath, 9 Aug 2017 15:30
  • Result: 3/5, held up in rear and in touch, headway to go 2nd over 2f out, kept on same pace over 1f out
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Form Profile:

120 rated hurdler. Scored by seven lengths from Fixed Rate on his only start over hurdles at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

He only had the one run over hurdles last season and won at Newbury then had a setback and didn’t run again. He wouldn’t be ready for a few weeks but will go down the handicap route. He is rated 120 and I hope he can be competitive off that.

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Criq Rock (FR)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Kap Rock - Criquetot (Epervier Bleu)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Kempton, 1 May 2017 14:55
  • Result: 2/4, held up in rear, tracked leading pair before 3 out, went 2nd before next, outpaced between last 2, no chance after
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Form Profile:

125 rated hurdler. Finished runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Follow The Bear at Kempton (3m 1/2f) in May on latest start.

Trainer Says:

He was slightly disappointing last season and was placed most times but didn’t win. He is schooling over fences and that is probably the route we will go with him but he just needs to man up a bit. Maybe fences will do that for him.

Video Form
2 Nov 2016:

Desirable Court

Form Profile:

Winner of her only point-to-point in Ireland in May.

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely filly and an Irish point-to-point winner. We are just starting to do a bit more with her and what we have seen we like. She wouldn’t be ready until the middle of November onwards and we will go down the novice hurdle route.

Desiremoi D'authie (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Cachet Noir - Toietmoi D'authie (Al Namix)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Ascot, 4 Nov 2017 12:40
  • Result: 6/9, raced keenly, led after 1st, clear 3rd to 3 out, headed before next, soon weakened, tailed off
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Form Profile:

Winner of his only APQS Flat race in France.

Trainer Says:

He was a very impressive winner of his only start in France and we have been very happy with his work. He has just started schooling and he will, hopefully, be out in the next couple of weeks in a two-mile novices’ hurdle.

Deyrann de Carjac (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Balko - Queyrann (Sheyrann)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 15 Oct 2017 17:10
  • Result: 3/11, held up in mid-division, headway on outside chasing leaders over 3f out, went 3rd inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Unplaced in his only bumper at Newbury in March.

Trainer Says:

He only had the one run last season. He had a setback and was off most the Winter and had the one run in the Spring. I think he has improved a lot and he could start off in a bumper this week.

Video Form
15 Oct 2017:

Dingo Dollar (IRE)

Form Profile:

130 rated hurdler. Winner of a maiden event at Bangor (2m 7f) in January (beating Zerachiel three and a half lengths) and a novice event at Fontwell (3m 1 1/2f) in April by nine lengths from Queens Present.

Trainer Says:

He is going to go novice chasing and won a couple of hurdles last year. He has schooled well over fences and is an Irish point-to-point winner. I would have thought that two miles and six to three miles and he will be ready to run somewhere in the second half of October.

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Dino Velvet (FR)

Form Profile:

125 rated hurdler. Winner at Sandown (2m) in December when beating Buckle Street eight lengths and finished creditable eighth, beaten nine and a quarter lengths, to Flying Tiger in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He is going to start in the four-year-old hurdle at Chepstow this weekend. He was a bit unfortunate in the Fred Winter he made a bad mistake at the top of the hill and got shuffled right back and I think but for that he would definitely have been placed. I think when we step up to two and a half miles later in the year he will definitely improve.

Video Form
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Dusky Legend

Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Winner at Warwick in May (beating Kaddys Dream 14 lengths) and Newbury (2m 1/2f) in November (scoring by four and a half lengths from Copper Kay). Also third in the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Trainer Says:

She is going to go novice chasing and has an entry at Worcester. She has schooled well and could be exciting.

Video Form
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Elgin

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Duke Of Marmalade - China Tea (High Chaparral)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 19 Nov 2017 15:00
  • Result: Won/13, held up towards rear on outside, headway after 4 out, close up 2 out, came towards stands side rail to challenge before last, soon ridden, led narrowly flat, held on
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Form Profile:

140 rated hurdler. Winner at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) in November and Kempton (2m) on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He is working away grand and is a lot stronger this year. There is a possibility he will start at Chepstow this weekend and we will stay hurdling for the moment.

Video Form
15 Oct 2017:
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Fidux (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Fine Grain - Folle Tempete (Fabulous Dancer)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Sandown, 12 Nov 2017 14:55
  • Result: U/12, mid-division, headway on outside after 3 out, ridden to chase winner when hit next, 11/2 lengths down and staying on when blundered and unseated rider last
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Form Profile:

133 rated hurdler. Winner at Catterick (1m 7 1/2f) in November and Kempton (2m) in December.

Trainer Says:

He is going to run in the four-year-old handicap at Chepstow as well and I thought he was badly handicapped but he did run very well on the final day of the season at Sandown. We will see where we go with him but he will stay hurdling.

Video Form
14 Oct 2017:

Gibralfaro (IRE)

Form Profile:

140 rated hurdler. Came closest to victory last season when runner-up, beaten a length, to Onefitzall in a handicap hurdle at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) in November.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to probably go chasing with him. He was just a little bit in no man’s land off his handicap mark and we will see. We will look for a two and a half mile novices handicap chase and he will probably be ready to run in two or three weeks.

Video Form
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Good Man Pat (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of his second point-to-point in Ireland in May (unseated rider in first).

Trainer Says:

He is an Irish point winner and I am very happy with him. He wouldn’t be far off starting and he will go down the novice hurdle route and probably start over two and a half.

Harefield (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Doyen - Bobbi's Venture (Bob Back)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Warwick, 22 Nov 2017 12:35
  • Result: Won/12, held up in touch, led 2 out, ran a little green in front, stayed on well, clear towards finish
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Form Profile:

Solid efforts when runner-up and fourth in bumpers at Exeter and Newbury in February and March.

Trainer Says:

He has been placed in two bumpers and was second at Exeter and fourth in the Sales race at Newbury. He will start straight over hurdles and will be out in the second half of October.

Hidden Cargo (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - All Heart (Alhaarth)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Exeter, 12 Oct 2017 15:15
  • Result: PU/14, mainly towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 7th, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out
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Form Profile:

120 rated hurdler placed in novice events last season.

Trainer Says:

He has an entry at Exeter and is just about ready to start. I just hope he has strengthened up a bit.

Keep In Line (GER)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Soldier Hollow - Kastila (Sternkoenig)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Wetherby, 18 Nov 2017 14:50
  • Result: 3/8, held up in touch in 4th place, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden before last, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish
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Form Profile:

134 rated hurdler. Winner of a maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (2m) (beating Adrrastos two and a half lengths) and Bangor (2m 1/2f) in October of last year.

Trainer Says:

He will go down the handicap route. He was on the go for a long time and has benefited from a Summer break. He will be ready to run in a couple of weeks.

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Kozier (GER)

  • 3-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Muhtathir - Kasumi (Poliglote)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Fontwell, 6 Oct 2017 14:10
  • Result: 2/9, tracked leaders, challenged after 5th, mistake 3 out, ridden before 2 out, edged left approaching last, no impression flat
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Form Profile:

Finished second, beaten eight lengths, to Sussex Ranger at Fontwell (2m 1 1/2f) on Friday.

Trainer Says:

He won for us on the Flat at Chepstow and made a promising start to his hurdling career at Fontwell last week. He should improve for the experience and win his races over hurdles.

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Label Des Obeaux (FR)

Form Profile:

154 rated chaser. Winner three times over fences last season and ended campaign with a head defeat of Calett Mad at Ayr (3m 1/2f) in April off a mark of 148.

Trainer Says:

He had a good season last year and won three novices and handicap at Ayr. We might start him at Newton Abbot on Friday in an intermediate chase. Long term he will hopefully go for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

Video Form
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Melody Of Scotland

  • 3-y-o; filly
Form Profile:

A winner over hurdles in France in May.

Trainer Says:

She is a new filly and she won in France. Working back I want to run her in that Listed Fillies’ Juvenile at Aintree in early December and we will have one run before that.

Mia's Storm (IRE)

Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Landed the Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock (2m 7f) by eight lengths from Prime Venture off a mark of 126 when last seen out in May.

Trainer Says:

She is going to go novice chasing and she was very impressive on her final start over three miles at Haydock. I was worried the ground might have been too soft after they had rain in the morning but she seemed to handle it well. She has had a couple of good schools and she is nearly ready to start. She will want two and a half to three miles over fences.

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Midnight Tour

Form Profile:

147 rated hurdler. A winner three time last season and ended her campaign with a six length victory from Carnspindle in a listed mares’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

She was a progressive mare last season and ran very well in the David Nicholson and won very well at the April meeting. She will stay down the Mares’ Hurdle route and two and a half miles to three miles suit her.

Video Form
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Minella Charmer (IRE)

Form Profile:

136 rated chaser and hurdler. Completed the course once in the three starts last season and finished third, beaten 16 ½ lengths, to Gala Ball at Exeter (2m 3f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t really take to chasing last year and unfortunately had a fall over hurdles as well. He is working away pretty well and will start at Chepstow this weekend.

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Perfect Harmony (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Newbury in March.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely big horse and he was unlucky in an Irish point and then won his bumper at Newbury for us. It was then too late to go hurdling with him and we took him to Cheltenham for the Festival bumper and he ran very well. He is schooling away grand and he will be ready to run as soon as we get some slow ground.

River Frost

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Silver Frost - River Test (Beat Hollow)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 14 Oct 2017 16:10
  • Result: 5/18, mid-division, headway chasing leaders after 7th, ridden approaching last, kept on same pace run-in
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Form Profile:

142 rated hurdler. A winner three times last season and gained final success in a handicap hurdle at Kempton (2m 5f) in February when beating Coastal Tiep a length and a quarter off a mark of 133.

Trainer Says:

He was a progressive hurdler last year and we will stay down the hurdle route at the moment. There is every chance he will run in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow on Saturday.

Video Form
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Sceau Royal (FR)

Form Profile:

154 rated chaser and hurdler. Impressive in Novices’ Chase at Warwick (2m) this month when beating Ballyhill four and a half lengths.

Trainer Says:

He was very impressive on his chasing debut at Warwick last week and we were delighted with him. He jumped super and he could go to Cheltenham at the end of the month. We will stay two miles with him.

Video Form
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Sego Success (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beneficial - The West Road (Mister Lord)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Warwick, 5 Oct 2017 16:25
  • Result: 2/7, tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner from last, every chance run-in, kept on and held towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

136 rated chaser. Made a pleasing reappearance at Warwick (3m) last week when runner-up, beaten two and a half lengths, to Beggars Cross.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well at Warwick last week when just beaten under 12st 1lb when giving the winner over a stone. He has come out of the race fine and will probably go to Bangor in the middle of November.

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Smad Place (FR)

Form Profile:

159 rated chaser and winner of the 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury (3m 2f). Finished third, beaten 15 ½ lengths, to Tea For Two in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at Aintree (3m 1f) in April when last season out.

Trainer Says:

The old boy is in good form and we are happy with him. I think the plan is to start him off in the Charlie Hall and we are just going to have to duck and dive with him a bit.

Talkischeap (IRE)

Form Profile:

133 rated hurdler. Winner of a maiden hurdle at Fontwell (2m 3f) (beating Lovato 11 lengths) and novice event at Warwick (2m 3f) (scoring by three and a half lengths from Blairs Cove) in May.

Trainer Says:

He won his two over hurdles and as he was winning in May we gave him a late break. He has only just come back cantering now and we probably won’t see him until November time. He can either run in a handicap and is still a novice until the Spring.

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The Unit (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Sovana (Kadounor)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Huntingdon, 5 Nov 2017 14:50
  • Result: 3/5, chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, not fluent 10th, hit 3 out and 2 out, not pace of winner flat, 3rd and held towards finish
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Form Profile:

142 rated hurdler. Winner three times over hurdles last season and finished third, beaten seven lengths, to Pingshou in the Grade 1 Crabbies Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (2m 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is ready to start and is going to go novice chasing. He has an entry at Newton Abbot at the end of the week and he wants two to two and a half miles.

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Tillythetank (IRE)

Form Profile:

Placed in two point-to-points in Ireland.

Trainer Says:

She is a full sister to Hidden Cargo and she was placed in two Irish points. I like her and she is just doing a bit of work now - she will go down the mares’ novice hurdle route.

Voie Dans Voie (FR)

  • 4-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Coastal Path - Peggy Pierji (Cadoudal)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Lingfield, 14 Nov 2017 13:20
  • Result: 3/14, mid-division, headway on inside chasing leaders after 6th, left in 4th place 2 out, 3rd and one pace before the last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Placed in two point-to-points in Ireland.

Trainer Says:

He is an Irish pointer too and he will run two and a half mile novice hurdles. He won’t be ready to for a few weeks yet.

Video Form
14 Nov 2017:

Who Dares Wins (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Jeremy - Savignano (Polish Precedent)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Kempton, 13 Nov 2017 14:55
  • Result: 3/7, tracked leading pair, 2nd 3 out, led narrowly and hit 2 out, joined last, headed and not pace of winner run-in, lost 2nd towards finish
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Form Profile:

148 rated hurdler. Finished third, beaten four and a half lengths, to Supasundae in the Grade 3 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 5f) in March off a mark of 146.

Trainer Says:

He will run in the Cesarewitch this weekend and then following that we will go back over hurdles with him. We might just step him up in trip as he gets the trip very well on the Flat and he could get three miles over hurdles which will open other doors for us. He’s a grand horse and he has been placed in all the Festivals and it was great to win the Cesarewitch trial with him the other day.

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William H Bonney

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Midnight Legend - Calamintha (Mtoto)
  • Trained by: A King
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 19 Nov 2017 15:00
  • Result: 5/13, mid-division, headway 4 out, challenged 2 out, led briefly turning in, kept on and every chance until ridden and no extra after last, well held when lost 2 places flat
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Form Profile:

133 rated hurdler. Finished sixth, beaten 19 ½ lengths, to John Constable in the Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in May off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a decent handicapper and we are trying to get him ready for the Greatwood Hurdle at the Cheltenham November meeting.

Video Form
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Winter Escape (IRE)

Form Profile:

141 rated hurdler. Best effort in three starts last season when fifth, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Arctic Fire in the County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t schooled yet but the plan is to send him over fences. He is potentially a good horse and just wasn’t right last season. Hopefully we can get him back and see where we go.

Video Form
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Wishing And Hoping (IRE)

Form Profile:

128 rated hurdler. Beaten only a length and a quarter by Value At Risk in a novice chase at Bangor (2m 4 1/2f) in October of last year but fell in his next two starts. Ran a fine race over hurdles at Kempton (2m 5f) when last seen in February when third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to stablemate River Frost.

Trainer Says:

He is going to stay hurdling for the time being and it just didn’t happen for him over fences last year. He finished his campaign with a third to River Frost over hurdles at Kempton and he is going to start off in the Silver Trophy this weekend.

Video Form
14 Oct 2017:
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Yanworth

Form Profile:

163 rated hurdler. Winner of four of his five races last season and met his only defeat in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham when seventh, beaten 14 lengths, to Buveur D’Air. Bounced back to winning form in the Grade 1 Stayers Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree (3m 1/2f) in April when beating Supasundae a length.

Trainer Says:

Barry (Geraghty) sat on him last week and we were delighted with him. The plan is to go novice chasing and we will start him off over two miles two – two mile four over fences. As long as the ground is decent he could head to Exeter at the end of this month.

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