The Worlds End could be an exciting addition to the staying novice chaser ranks judged on his debut success over fences at Chepstow.
A Grade One-winner over hurdles, the Tom George-trained seven-year-old put in a neat round of jumping to see off the useful Now McGinty in the Follow @myracingtips On Twitter Beginners’ Chase.
After tracking the pace-setting Now McGinty for most of the near three-mile contest, Adrian Heskin asked The Worlds End for his effort early in the straight.
The 2-5 favourite pulled away from his only serious rival from the third-last fence and went on to score with little fuss by 14 lengths.
“Obviously there was pressure on. We just wanted him to have a nice round of jumping,” George told At The Races.
“It all went to plan. He’s a very high-class horse. Last season was a nightmare for him on the heavy ground all winter.
“He was only beaten seven and a half lengths in the Stayers’ Hurdle on ground he really hated. I was really proud of him last year. He didn’t like the ground, but he was still featuring not far off the best.
“Now we’re going novice chasing and we can pick the best tracks and better ground. Good to soft, softish ground is fine, but we don’t want the heavy stuff.
“Adrian has got to know the horse well. He did some schooling with him over fences before he went out in the field.
“We’ve been struggling on the grass this time round, but what we did last season did the job for him and we’ve been doing plenty on the sand surfaces recently.”
Connections have yet to make a plan, but George might consider going to Newbury, which stages the Grade Two Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase (formerly known as the Worcester) on December 1.
“We’ll have to wait and see. He’s won his beginners’ chase now, so you’re going into the novices,” said the Slad handler.
“I’ll have a chat with Max (McNeill, owner). Maybe Newbury might be the next port of call for him. It might be a nice track for him.
“He was a high-class horse over hurdles. He might make a good chaser as well.”