Yanworth eyes Aintree

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Yanworth may have one more run this season but is destined for a future as a chaser next season, according to trainer Alan King.

King has confirmed a chasing campaign awaits irrespective of whether or not he gets another run this season.

A step up in trip in the Aintree Hurdle is being considered for the seven-year-old, who went off favourite in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last week but had to settle for seventh.

King said: “I think it looked as if he does want more of a trip. He travelled very well early on. They didn’t go very quick and down the hill he was caught flat-footed, then stayed on up the hill.

“If we run him again, I would imagine we go two and a half at Aintree. If not, that would be him and he will go chasing next season.

“He was jumping big but that is why we put the cheekpieces on. He looked like he had run an awful race but he stayed on up the hill and with another few strides would have been sixth.

“I am pleased with the way he finished the race off.”

After his seventh-place finish in the Ryanair Chase, won by Un De Sceaux, Yanworth stablemate Uxizandre may also be seen at Aintree next month.

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