Haydock Round Up
A big day at Haydock was highlighted by a real return to form from Silvinaco Conti who put up a fantastic round of jumping to win the Betfair Chase for Paul Nicholls and Noel Fehily.
The chaser had been a little below his best in his comeback race but answered any concerns in first time cheek pieces to stay better than the rest and come home in front from a very gallant Menorah who finished in second for Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. The King George will now be on the agenda for Nicholls’ star chaser and he is right back in the Gold cup picture with bookmakers putting him back at the top of the market for next March.
The fixed brush hurdle went to Lizzie Kelly and Nick Williams with a very brave display from the front by Aubusson who went ahead at the second last and repelled all challenges. The future looks very bright for the five year old and he returned at 9/1 from Phillip Hobb’s trained Big Easy with Dara Tango third and the 3/1f Volnay de Thaix back in fourth place.
The New One did what was expected earlier on the card to record a victory from Zamdy Man in the 1.50pm at odds of 1/3f and was left unchanged for the Champion Hurdle at a general 7/2 chance. He was very professional and connections will be happy with his progress this term so far.
The finale on the card saw success for David Bridgewater and jockey Tom Cannon aboard According To Trev at 10/1 holding off a gallant rally from Renard who came home in second at 7/1 with Midnight Appeal who travelled well into the race back in third at 6/1.
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