Lion Feels The Love.
As the burning embers of the racing year slowly began to wilt they were suddenly ignited as Blaklion made it two wins on the bounce as he made the very damp crowd who turned out on a wet Thursday afternoon break into a huge cheer as the twelve year old turned the 3m4f Last Fling Chase into a procession.
Already a winner here over 3m1f in a golden oldies race he faced what was probably a slightly weaker field and the 5lb rise was never going to stop him as he had plenty waving the white flag in the last mile or so to come home by a huge 28 lenght margin with The Two Amigos and Beware The Bear the only other ones to complete.
Having not won since 2017 in a period which saw him switch stables from Nigel Twiston-Davies to Philip Kirkby and then on the move again to Dan Skelton, he is now back to his best and while he isn’t getting and younger as we all are, he is on thriving form, his owner Darren Yates has Aintree dreams once again where he was 5th last year, it’s just possible Haydock will feature on his build up for it so expect entries in the Peter Marsh and Grand National Trial both here in January and February.
Jungle Rumbles In The Mud
Donald McCain ended the year at Haydock with a couple of good winners on the day.
Jungle Jack made it two from two over timber as he won the 2m NH Novice Hurdle, following up from his Sedgefield win he had to dig in giving weight away to a few potential improvers and he is going the right way, one to keep an eye on for sure.
The other McCain winner came in the conclding bumper run in almost darkness as Forpaddytheplumber arrived on time to land the lucky last.
Placed in two Irish points he cost £26,000 and should have a decent career ahead of him and should make into a fair novice hurdler next season.
Extra Strong Mint
Jennie Candlish is always good at placing her horses well and she has a very good one in Mint Condition who went in nicely on his handicap debut and only his second start over fences as he took the 2m6f Novice Handicap Chase where he overpowered Ashtown Lad on the run in.
After an eye catching first race over fences here last time out over a furlong shorter he dug in after the last and stuck to the task nicely, a three time hurdle winner at Bangor and Wetherby last season he is going the right way as a chaser and looks to have more to offer.