Haydock Park, Saturday 16th April 2022, Challenger Finals Day

Glorious spring sunshine gathered over Haydock Park for the traditional Easter Saturday raceday which featured the six finals for the popular Challenger series which is aimed at mid tier jump racing to give those horses a chance to earn some decent money for the season for their trainers.

As ever here a good holiday crowd turned out for the first time since 2019 and as the sun begins to set on the 2021/22 jumps season they gave the north west jump season a fond farewell as it sailed off into the sunset after the last race.

Challenger Finals Winners 2021/22

Mares’ Hurdle Final, 2m3f.

Cubswin, 8yo Bay Mare, Neil King, Jack Quinlan,

Owners, Mr D Caldwell and Mr K Lawrence

Middle Distance Chase Final, 2m4f

Corran Cross, 7yo Bay Gelding, Richard Bandey, Harry Bannister

Owner, Miss A.M. Reed

Two Mile Hurdle Final, 1m7f 144yds

Zabeel Champion, 5yo Bay Gelding, Jonjo O’Neill, Jonjo O’Neill JR

Owner, Martin Tedham and Wasdell Properties Ltd

Staying Chase Final, 3m1f 125yds

Musical Slave, 9yo Bay Gelding, Philip Hobbs, Tom O’Brien

Owner, JP McManus

Staying Hurdle Final, 3m

An Tailleur, 6yo Grey Gelding, Jonjo O’Neill, Jonjo O’Neill JR

Owner, Mr P Hickey

Mares’ Chase Final, 2m5f 127yds

Midnightreferendum, 9yo Bay Mare, Alan King, Tom Cannon

Owner, Robert Abrey, Ian Thurtle and David Gibbon

Another jumps season all done with and although it’s been limited as regards courses attended due to the current situation hence only reviews from three as opposed to more in recent years it’s been good to be back with the tweed and hedge hoppers.

Now we turn our attention to the flat with a visit back to Haydock this upcoming Saturday and you can follow my racing and other various sporting adventures on twitter at @wattyracing and on Instagram at neil_d_watson