Yanworth goes extra mile to lift Liverpool Hurdle
Barry Geraghty stalked the leaders early in the straight on the Alan King-trained gelding and asserted on the run-in from his Irish-trained challengers who held every chance in the straight.
Coral Cup winner Supasundae (5/1) was a length back in second with Snow Falcon (9/1) another three-quarters of a length away in third.
Alan King had enjoyed no luck at Cheltenham and was understandably delighted to get on the board at Aintree with the classy seven-year-old.
"It's been a tough couple of festivals," he admitted.
"I didn't bring a huge team up here to Aintree, and we've had four third placings.
"I am relieved more than anything. I am delighted with him. We hoped three miles would suit but he had never been that far before. It was a long run-in and he has pulled it out.
"He won a Christmas Hurdle and a Kingwell, so we had to go [to the] Champion Hurdle but it didn't work. It was a brave call, going straight to three miles from two miles. I wasn't confident today, I must admit, but we got away it."
Jockey Barry Geraghty said: "Yanworth fumbled the third last.
"I just didn't want to commit because I didn't want to land in front and he made a mess of it. He recovered quickly and was good at the last.
"Maybe the trip found him out in Cheltenham but I would say he is better than that. He probably underperformed as he got very warm beforehand. He is a middle-distance stayer really.
"This a lovely race to win."
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