Chantry House Kicks Of Listed Double For Yeats
Chantry House (7g Yeats - The Last Bank, by Phardante) completed the first leg of a black-type double for Yeats on Sunday when making an impressive seasonal return in the Listed Chase at Sandown.
Nicky Henderson’s charge was last seen in April; completing a Grade 1 double in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase, and was sent off favourite on return under Nico de Boinville. Making all the running, he went clear from three out and won as he liked.
Speaking after the race, Henderson said, “The King George seems the natural thing to do at the moment. Chantry House has now proven he stays and his jumping was lovely.”
Chantry House first demonstrated his talent when winning a four-year-old maiden at Tattersalls and subsequently sold for £295,000. Owned by JP McManus, the son of Yeats was bred by M Conaghan.
Shortly after at Auteuil, Pollexfen (5g Yeats - La Zingarella, by Phardante) gained his first black-type success in the Listed five-year-old hurdle for L Gabeur.
Johnny Charron partnered the Ecurie Sagara-owned gelding to raced prominently throughout and won by three lengths on the line; marking a fifth career win over hurdles for the NG Cooper-bred bay.
Yeats enjoyed a successful start to the day when The Gunner Yeats (4g Yeats - Caitlin Brook, by Alderbrook) made a winning debut in the four-year-old maiden at Dromahane.
Ridden to make all by Johnny Barry, the Mary Doyle-trained bay scored by three lengths and is now Cheltenham-bound for the Tattersalls sale. He is the first foal bred by John Kennedy out of point-to-point winner Caitlin Brook.
Meanwhile, at Ffos Las, Lydford Lad (6g Yeats - Shannon Rose, by Presenting) led home a 1-2 for Yeats in the two and a half mile maiden hurdle.
Positioned in midfield by Jack Barber, Nick Schofield’s charge made headway to lead before the second last and was ridden out to deny Airtothethrone by half a length. Bred by Louis Vambeck, the progressive bay is owned by David Martin and Paul Barber.
The previous day at Naas, Wa Wa (6g Yeats - North Star Poly, by Presenting) made it two from two for the Dermot McLoughlin stable when carrying top-weight to success in the Novice Handicap Chase.
A taking winner of a Beginners Chase last month, he dropped back to two and a half miles on Saturday and loomed into the lead at the second last. Clear approaching the final fence, he was eased down to score by seven and a half lengths.
The improving son of Yeats was bred by Alistair Corrigan.