On the run up to the festive period many people will have listening and singing along to Andy Williams but on a fair weather Sunday the praises of Hereford based Venetia Williams were sung by many as she saddled a nice double on the day to see out the 2019 year at Haydock.
The stables feature win came in the 2m5f Handicap Chase which saw the colours of Lady Bolton carried to victory in the shape of Didero Vallis under jockey Charlie Deutsch, who like many will be happy to see the back of 2018, in the style of a clearly improving type, this ex Willie Mullins horse was having his third start for the Williams yard making this two wins from three runs, up 3lbs after scoring at Carlisle off 127 there should be plenty more to come over this trip which looks to be his best for the time being.
Before that the Williams yard scored in the opening race for conditional jockeys over hurdles with handicap debutant Cloudy Glen who made all under Hugh Nugent (6) to score with plenty in hand to exploit his opening mark of 115, this was very impressive in what looked a competitive race on paper, he looks sure to pick more races up before the season is done with.
Feature race of the afternoon was The Last Fling Chase over the stamina sapping 3m3f trip that went across the M62 to the Sam England stables in Guiseley as Chef D’Oeuvre delivered a sumptuous prize of £15,640 to the owners The Sandmoor Partnership as partner Jonathan England drove out the 7yo to a nice victory ahead of long time leader Back To The Thatch, the light weight of 10-4 helped in the tough conditions and connections are eyeing up a go at the Eider which could be a realistic target at this stage.
Scorpion Sid obliged in the novice chase over 2m3f for Jamie Snowden and Sam Twiston-Davies who made all to win very cosily in a race where only two finished, moving up in trip affer finding Kalashnikov too good at Warwick on his chasing debut he looks to have a fair chasing career ahead of him, next months Altcar might be under consideration but ultimately his main target could be the 2m4f Novice Handicap Chase at the Festival and looks a more easier option.
Next up we head back to Haydock in three weeks time for the Peter Marsh Chase, weather permitting, so until then Happy New Year for 2019.