Chantry House (Yeats) Wins His Hurdle Debut At Cheltenham

Exciting Son Of Yeats Scores On Hurdle Debut

Connections expect plenty of improvement from the highly-regarded Chantry House (5g Yeats - The Last Bank, by Phardante), after Nicky Henderson’s charge made a winning hurdle debut at Cheltenham on Friday.

Bought for £295,000 after winning his point-to-point a year ago, he gained his first win for JP McManus in a bumper in March and was sent off favourite on his return. Tracking the leader for much of the two mile and one furlong contest, he produced a challenge approaching the final flight and led on the run-in. Staying on well, he won by a length and three quarters under Barry Geraghty.

Speaking after the race, the winning trainer commented, “Chantry House is a very nice young horse who just needs the education. It was a bit of a messy race as they did no go much of a gallop and Barry has come back and said he was still a bit green. He is going to be very nice in time and hopefully he can do that again under a penalty and then we can take a view.”

Bred by Michael Conaghan of Evergreen Stud, Chantry House is a half-brother to two black-type performers, as well as useful chaser The Last Day (Oscar).