Haydock Park, Saturday 21st December 2019, Betway Tommy Whittle Chase Day

Hobsons’s Choice For Lord Prooves Right

Owner Paul Porter will have enjoyed driving home for Christmas yesterday after his Lord Du Mesnil put in a top quality round of jumping under Paul O’Brien for Cheltenham based trainer Richard Hobson.

From the release of the tapes he set out in front and never saw another rival over the stamina sapping 3m1f trip on heavy ground coming home plenty clear from runner up Calipso Collonges.

Three weeks ago he broke his maiden tag at Newcastle and finally looks to be going the right way, his next port of call after a little rest according to his trainer will be the 4 mile marathon Eider Chase back at Gosforth Park in mid February and looks well ahead of his race winning mark here of 127, soon to turn 7 he could be a Grand National horse in time.

Desaray Strikes In Abram

Phil Kirkby has another useful mare by the looks of things as Desaray Girl fought tenaciously up the long Haydock run it to nick the Listed Abram Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle from Rosie And Millie right on the line in a fairly competitive looking event.

Rosie And Millie tried to make all and was still ahead on the run in but Desaray Girl fought like a tiger here and showed real grit, longer trips look to be her forte here so expect her to be kept to 2m4f and maybe further, only a 4yo she has plenty more still to come.

Bingley Bells All The Way

After a slow start to the season things have certainly cranked up a notch or two for the Sue Smith yard and Yorkshire’s finest and most famous couple headed back to the White Rose side of fhe Pennines with a couple of nice winners.

First up Joke Dancer certainly had plenty smiling faces rewarded for keeping the faith as he picked up the 2m Handicap Chase, although he went out to the right at a few fences and nearly did a copycat version of what Diego Du Charmil did at Ascot last month at the second last he readily routted a fair field by 11 lenghts ahead of Chambard, he looks another Haydock specialist.

The stables other win came in the last race of the afternoon when Captain Moirette took the salute from the crowd in the 2m3f Handicap Hurdle, back over smaller obstacles after a couple of fair runs over fences this did his confidence the world of good and should be back over the larger jumps next time, a big grey horse he has more to offer one would think.

Another year of racing slowly coming to an end, we race again here at Haydock on Monday 30th December on what is always an enjoyable family day of racing designed to blow the cobwebs away.

From myself may i wish you all a Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays

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