Jedd O’Keeffe is looking forward to getting classy Flat stayer Lord Yeats started off over hurdles at Wetherby on Wednesday.
The five-year-old finished second to Order Of St George in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan in April, and was not beaten far by Vazirabad in France the following month.
Unfortunately, given his liking for a softer surface, the heatwave curtailed his season somewhat – but he was not disgraced when eighth in the Ebor and he starts out life over jumps in the first division of the racinguk.com Novices’ Hurdle.
“We’ve all had to be very patient with the dry autumn,” said O’Keeffe.
“His owners have been very patient. We’ve been waiting and waiting for the right conditions – and we think we’ve got them at last.
“He had a really good start to the season, but life got really difficult with the ground. He still ran a fantastic race in the Ebor – who knows where he’d have finished if it had been soft ground?
“We’re very hopeful about him. He’s got sporting owners, and there is jumping in his pedigree – his dam (Bogside Theatre) was pretty useful, he’s bred to stay and he likes give in the ground.
“He’s a big, strong horse – and his jumping at home has been excellent – so we are very excited about him, but he’s got to get it all together on the track.”
Lord Yeats faces eight rivals – including the Warren Greatrex-trained Encore Champs, a Ffos Las bumper winner, and David Pipe’s Extra Mag, a winner in France.