Trivial Pursuit Question: Which trainer recorded their 1,500th winner on New Years’ Day 2018? Bonus points for the Race, the Horse and the Sire?
The Answer: Alan King, BetBright Dipper Novices Chase Grade 2, Yanworth, Norse Dancer.
What better way to start 2018 for the master of Barbury Castle Stables? A stable full of primed thoroughbred athletes, it was Yanworth’s turn to take the stage. He’s been heckled and had his doubters, but he performed a fine round of jumping to bring up his 12th win in 18 starts. For a horse who has been in the first two on 15 occasions – notching up 4 Grade 2s and 2 Grade 1s to his name, he silenced the critics.
It was a competitive renewal of the Dipper Novices Chase, which consisted of 5 runners over 2m4f at Cheltenham.
Sizing Tennessee set the fractions, and it was the 12/1 shot that would battle the market favourite Yanworth to the line. Yanworth looked the better of the pair when the pace quickened up, putting in a bold jump at the last and making daylight between the two. The 8 year old son of Norse Dancer has been back at school, learning new techniques with Yogi Breisner and Wayne Hutchinson which showed when the pressure was on. The school report must have read; “going the right way, with more improvement expected; the future is bright.”
Alan King echoed these comments, “He’ll be the death of me one day, but that was a big step in the right direction.” Barry Geraghty was on the same wavelength, “At times he was very good, just at one or two he got in tight. He gave away a lot of ground at the third-last, he was slow, so he’s improving. It’s hard work out there.” Source: SkySports 01/01/19
Yanworth has previously run three times at the Cheltenham Festival, and on this winning display he looks like he has secured a position on the team sheet. Entries for the RSA Novices Chase Grade 1 and the JLT Novices Chase Grade 1 at Cheltenham in March look to be pencilled into the diary. Interestingly, Yanworth also holds an entry in the Stayers Hurdle, commonly known as the World Hurdle, so watch this space….
From everyone at Yorton Farm, we wish to congratulate Alan King on his 1,500th win, Mr JP McManus the winning owner, Barry Geraghty, who has been in the saddle on 13 occasions and returned to the winners enclosure no less than 10 times on ‘The Orange Machine’. And, Congratulations to Wood Farm Stud, the breeders of the talented gelding.