Mahlermade Gets Owners Jammin!
The crowds came to Haydock Park for the final jump meeting of the season on an afternoon dubbed the “Greatest Show” and while Hugh Jackman didnt appear in the beautiful sunshine that gazed upon Haydock on Easter Saturday the owners, The Lesser Lights” had their own showman in Wayne Hutchinson who successfully steered thirteen race maiden Mahlermade home to break his duck and bag the Challenger Staying Chase final over 3m1f 125yds in the process.
A talented yet frustrating sort Mahlermade has always had a race of this nature in him and this afternoon he finally came good, only a 6yo he should have some more big days in him next season in some of those good quality long distance events, Quarenta back in second was travelling nicely but couldnt quite get his head in front.
Of the other races Cubswin just held on to land the 2m Hurdle Final holding off the fast finishing Arthington.
Taking this off 126 she has a very workable flat mark of 78 so expect to see her possibly back here for the Swinton in three weeks time and some useful middle distance handicaps on the level too before being aimed at those big two summer hurdles at Market Rasen and Galway.
Jonjo O’Neill Jr gave his father a nice payday too when Django Django duly obliged in the Staying Hurdle Final, last spotted when finishing down the field back here in January he had clearly been aimed for this as opposed to going for one of the big festivals and this 6yo looks a thorough stayer in the making and should be going chasing next season where he shoud make his presence felt in the staying division.
Another season of jumps comes to a close then with plenty of top races and stories told on and off the track, from here we now switch our attentions to the flat with a quick return back to Haydock on Saturday for the opening flat meeting in the North West.
Till then, Goodbye