Sunday’s racing has been abandoned in Ireland & the UK
Yanworth was a high-class performer at his peak – he won two Grade 1s over hurdles – and he took to this discipline well enough when justifying good support to score over the banks at Punchestown in November.
He made a mistake at the final flight – he had jumped fine in the main – but rallied well to ultimately win with a bit in hand, getting off the mark for Enda Bolger. He failed to complete at Cheltenham, departing too far out to tell how he might have fared, but looks to have been presented with a good opportunity here against inferior rivals.
This is a competitive contest but it features a few progressive chasers, including Rocky’s Silver, who produced a career-best effort to score at Punchestown last month, making it four wins from his last five starts over fences.
Rocky’s Silver showed a pleasing attitude to score last time, keeping on strongly to grind it out having moved well into contention, and he could have even more to offer over this longer trip.
The main danger could be Minella Till Dawn, who finally showed what he is capable of over fences when bolting up in first-time blinkers at Cork last month. There might not be a lot of substance to the form of that race, but he is still a threat.
Exeter’s meeting was cancelled on Sunday morning
Shakem Up’Arry had little chance against Shishkin at Newbury last time but he still ran well, finishing well clear of the third, and he is unlikely to bump into such a talented opponent here.
That was the second start in succession that Shakem Up’Arry was unfortunate enough to bump into an excellent prospect from the Henderson yard but he has shown enough to win a race of this type. The step up in trip looks a positive move and he can gain reward for some encouraging efforts.