Alan King left disappointed by Yanworth Stayers' Hurdle run

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Alan King will look to get Yanworth back on track at Aintree next month after an under-par effort in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Barbury Castle trainer admitted to being disappointed with Yanworth's display in finishing sixth behind Penhill and would hope to have him back to his best for the Liverpool Hurdle, which he won last year.

"I was a bit disappointed, really. He finished quite distressed as well, which isn't like him," said King.

"He knew he'd had a race, but I would be a liar if I said I wasn't disappointed.

"It took a while to get him back to normal, which has never happened before. He travelled really well through the race, but he didn't kick on up the hill and didn't quite get home as three or four passed him.

"I thought he would have liked the ground.

"I'd have thought we would look at going back to Aintree. We will see how he is and talk to the boys (owner JP McManus and racing manager Frank Berry). I certainly wouldn't rule it out."

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