Alan King marked the New Year with a double celebration as Yanworth showed evidence he is getting his act together over fences as he provided his trainer with his 1,500th career win in Cheltenham's Grade Two Dipper Novices' Chase.
The eight-year-old's chasing career might still be a work in progress, to borrow a phrase used by his jockey Barry Geraghty, but his neck success from Sizing Tennessee, himself an improved jumper, means King will now set Yanworth' s sights on the Cheltenham Festival and a likely shot at the three-mile RSA Chase.
A dual grade one winner over hurdles last season, Yanworth started favourite for the Champion Hurdle before passing the post eighth behind Buveur D'Air.
Trainer Alan King claimed his 1,500th career win as Yanworth won the chase at Cheltenham
But he is far from a natural over fences. He fell when landing too steeply at Exeter and sticky technique cost him when he was beaten three lengths by Willoughby Court at Newbury.
That rival, albeit on five pounds worse terms, was over eight lengths back in third yesterday and King attributed the improved jumping of his 15-8 shot to schooling sessions with stable jockey Wayne Hutchinson and Three-day Event Guru Yogi Breisner.
King said: 'That