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    Sad to see him ending like this:

    Running at a dog track during the summer, although he never ran after April and only competed at the best possible NH tracks. I thought they stopped running him in regular chases over two years ago since he became a X-country specialist, didn’t he?

    May he rest in peace

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    So sorry to be reading this. I feel Yanworth was a horse who never quite reached his potential, he had a lot of wins really, but never quite seemed to hit the heights expected of him. Not that it matters of course, no horse deserves to die. I didn’t know he had reverted to fences either. I think they just tried mixing it up to keep him interested perhaps? He seemed a bit like Might Bite in that respect, a horse who lost his way despite having the talent. I watched a replay of the race, and I must say fair play to Mark Walsh, he must’ve felt something because to me there was really nothing visible that he had gone wrong. Still, always a shame to end like this. RIP Yanworth.

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    From the article:

    “Effective from two miles to three miles over hurdles and fences, the former Grade 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase scorer was tried as a cross-country prospect with Enda Bolger last season before reverting to more conventional assignments, finishing an admirable fifth behind Aramon in Grade 3 company at Tipperary last month.”

    RIP Yanworth. :cry:

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    RIP Yanworth, talented but quirky, very sad to lose him.

    Cork All Star
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    Sorry to hear that Yanworth has gone.

    I think his “problem” was he put up one visually stunning performance at Cheltenham in January 2016. I believe a lot of people thought he was going to be a superstar after that display.

    It never quite happened. He was beaten at the festival by a combination of the enigmatic Yorkhill being on a going day and Geraghty not having his finest hour.

    Even though he won Grade 1s at Kempton and Aintree, he never really hit the heights that were expected. I think he even went off favourite for the 2017 Champion Hurdle but was unplaced behind Buveur D’Air.

    He was probably regarded a bit unfairly. If it had not been for that one performance raising expectations, he would probably have been thought of as having a top career.

    It is sad to think of him going around dear old Kilbeggan but the standard of racing is a bit better there now and he had a good time in racing.

    RIP Yanworth.

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    Think you’re right about the expectations Cork.
    Kilbeggan isn’t a dog track. Yes it’s a small summer track but you get good horses running at these Irish summer jumps meets and the course was probably nothing to do with his injury, any more than National Anthem’s injury at the weekend.

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    Sad day for racing.
    Sorry to hear that we have lost such a wonderful servant to racing as Yanworth.
    Condolences to all who loved and cared for him.
    Kick your heels high and run free now without pain.

    Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...
    Cork All Star
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    Agree greenasgrass. The standard of racing at a lot of the so called dog tracks in Ireland is much higher now. The power in the NH game is in Ireland and it is inevitable the quality has trickled down. Small tracks like Thurles and Ballinrobe have very good racing today. And the Gold Cup winner has made his seasonal debut at lovely Tramore for the last two seasons.

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