Haydock Park, Saturday 16th February 2019, William Hill Grand National Trial Day

Robin Gets Verdict In Trial.

In beautiful spring sunshine the journey back to Dorset will have flown by for Christine Knowles and Wendy Carter as they returned back to Haydock to lead back into the winners enclosure their pride and joy, the talented but fragile Robinsfirth as he landed the famous William Hill Grand National Trial over a stamina sapping 3m4f

A real test with no quarter given from the word go as Bishops Road set a proper gallop until the younger legs went past him after the third last by which time in an incedent packed race which had two fallers, five unseated and four pulling up he was the last of only six to complete the course.

Just like in last months Peter Marsh he was held up under Sean Bowen and made his move after the last in which he came through the middle of Ramses De Teillee and Chef D’Oeuvre to pick up the pot by half a length.

He doesnt hold a National entry but connections are eyeing a crack at the 3m Chase on the opening day of the Festival and perhaps a go at the Scottish National at Ayr in April.

That winner was part of a treble for Sean Bowen who began the afternoon landing the Victor Ludorum on Quel Destin for Paul Nicholls, putting up an assured performance he will be off to try and bulldoze the field in the JCB Triumph next month although no horse that has won this race has gone on to land the big race in 50 years, he finished 6 lengths ahead of Capone who could be a Fred Winter type.

Bowen’s hat trick came in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle for staying noviced over 3m on the Rebecca Curtis trained Lisnagar Oscar who took what loooked a more than decent contest with plenty of good types on paper as he ran out a 10 length victor and looks set to head for the main race at Cheltenham and he will make a good chaser in time.

Scotland got the Saltire flying in Lancashire with the Sandy Thomson trained Shades Of Midnight making all to bag the Rendlesham Hurdle over 3m which saw the seasonal return of Yanworth too.

This was another race ran at a good tempo and after Shades saw off last season’s winner Donna’s Diamond after the second flight he was always in command and Henry Brooke kept him upto his work and honest up the straight, Sandy Thomson has plenty of choice for him now with possible races like the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree and even the Scottish National at Ayr for his stable star.

Yanworth was disappointing here as he was pulled up before the past flight, he did travel kindly but never picked up when asked, could either be he needed the run or simply isnt interested in the game anymore.

Finally after a tough time for the sport with equine flu one mare who over came a different type of itus, seconditius was Jester Jet who after five consecutive seconds this season finally landed a much deserved and heralded success in the transferred Listed Warwick Mares’ Hurdle as she just held on by a neck from If You Say Run.

Despite the news regarding what occured during the last race making the headlines this was a top class afternoon of jumping and for the crowd who came purely for the racing (it is a racecourse after all) they were treated to some exciting action on the track.

Next up on here after a quiet spell we head to Aintree for the Grand National meeting unless anything comes up inbetween

Till next time, Goodbye.