Haydock Park, Wednesday 1st December 2021, Jewson Raceday.

The Lion King Regains His Pride

You certainly could feel the love at Haydock this afternoon as the wide-eyed warrior Blaklion became King again and came into the winners enclosure as did the other three placed horses to warm applause and affection from the midweek crowd.

At a time when racing could do with some happy news going into the Christmas month Blaklion showed that the old flame still had some embers burning into the twilight years of his career as he landed the 3m1f Veterans’ Chase by just over a length from Aso on very heavy ground.

Having not won since the Becher Chase in 2017 and had some stable transfers since Darren Yates bought him which didn’t quite work, a bit like Lionel Messi moving to PSG, he jumped around Haydock like a horse falling in love with steeplechasing again, down to 131 this was only his second win in a handicap of the ten races he has won in his career, he will probably head to Sandown in January for the final and he could have a say despite the trip possibly not being ideal for him.

One horse who could be very much in with a chance will be Aso who ran a cracking race to be second, he looks to stay three miles at this level and Sandown in the soft in January will be a match made in heaven.

Blaklion and Harry Skelton

Best Of The Rest

Lucinda Russell has a very good string of horses at her Kinross yard and Readysteadybeau looks like one to keep an eye on as he showed that stamina is his forte when taking the 3m Maiden Hurdle, fouth over 2m4f at Ayr recently he is surely destined for better things after this and could go to Doncaster in January for the River Don or the Potato Race Trial back here in February but he will make a nice chaser next season.

Kiltealy Briggs in the McNeill colours finally won his first steeplechase when landing the 2m5f Novice Chase, only four went to post but it was a tight race on paper and he had a fight towards the end against Mint Condition who kept him honest, the winner should be ok at handicap level.

Kiltealy Briggs and Adrian Heskin

Finally the Donald McCain run keeps on running as A Different Kind made it four from four this season as he readily won the 2m Introductory Hurdle, Already a winner of two bumpers and a novice hurdle all at Sedgefield, He is only a 4yo and in good hands so should offer more in time.

A Different Kind and Brian Hughes

Only a brief summary and provided the opening bit doesn’t lead to any copyright infringements from Sir Tim Rice we shall be off to Haydock on Saturday for the Becher Chase.

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