Silk proves strong at Haydock

  • Last Updated: May 24 2014, 18:36 BST

A wrap-up of the rest of the action from Haydock, where Oisin Murphy and Ryan Moore both completed doubles.

Bear Behind scores at Haydock to earn a new coat for trainer Tom Dascombe
Bear Behind scores at Haydock to earn a new coat for trainer Tom Dascombe

Noble Silk toughed it out in the hands of Oisin Murphy, who later completed a memorable double when Hot Streak took the Temple Stakes, as he clinched the Betfred Edward Wallis Stakes.

Lucy Wadham's stayer was a 10/1 shot following three creditable efforts on the all-weather and travelled sweetly throughout the two-mile test.

The grey loomed up to challenge two furlongs down and stayed on strongly in the rain-softened ground to score by two lengths. Nearly Caught made late gains to fill the runner-up spot, ahead of Entihaa in third.

There was an immediate going change after the race from good to good to soft.

Justin Wadham, the trainer's husband, said: "We were worried about the ground as he's really a top-of-the-ground horse, but because it's fairly loose at the moment he's got away with it. Oisin said he handled it fine.

"Oisin said he got to the front a bit too soon, but the horse was travelling so well and he has just idled a bit once he's got there.

"He's a horse with a delicate constitution, so we don't over-race him. We could perhaps look at the Northumberland Plate now, but it would be ground dependant. He doesn't want it any softer than this."

Bear Behind continued his resurgence with a fine display in the Betfred Scoop6 £15 Million Today Handicap.

The five-year-old was rated in excess of 100 this time last year, but a largely disappointing run of form had seen his rating fall dramatically to just 88.

Tom Dascombe's charge made the most of having his sights lowered when winning a seller at Thirsk a fortnight ago, but taking a significant step back up in grade, he was a 16-1 shot for his return to Merseyside.

There were plenty in with chances entering the last of six furlongs, but it was Bear Behind who picked up best on the far side of the track to take top honours by a length and three quarters.

Shore Step grabbed second by a short head from Barkston Ash.

Dascombe said: "It's a funny old game, isn't it?

"I thought the horse in the first race (Brockwell) was a certainty, but they went no gallop and he finished fourth. "This horse had completely lost his way until he won at Thirsk a couple of weeks ago and it has obviously done his confidence the world of good.

"He has loads of toe and we could go anywhere with him now.

"He's a great horse and this is worth getting wet for. I might even go and buy myself a coat now."

Eight remaining tickets shared the monster Scoop6 pot after Chatez won the Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes.

With 122 big-money aspirants still in the game by the final leg, it was left to the Alan King-trained three-year-old to make or break dreams of becoming a possible millionaire.

Four horses held a live chance entering the final couple of furlongs, but Chatez (7/1) handled the difficult conditions best of all to keep the onrushing Zarwaan at bay by half a length.

Jockey Fergus Sweeney said: "I was glad when I had seen the rain-clouds. He's a lovely horse."

Sweeney believes Chatez could be a Royal Ascot contender.

He said: "We love this horse and he's never finished out of the first three.

"I rode him here a couple of weeks ago and he'd come on so much for his first run of the year at Epsom, he surprised me a bit how well he quickened up. I probably ended up in front 100 yards too soon and got caught on the line.

"He's done everything right today and hopefully he might get in the Britannia now."

Ryan Moore, on the mark earlier with Joyeuse, completed a double when 11/10 favourite Wrangler, trained by William Haggas, got up late in the day in the Follow The Scoop6 At totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap.

Maureen Haggas, the trainer's wife, said: "He loves that ground and I think he's the only person whose looked happy at Haydock all day!

"He's had his ears pricked since the moment he arrived and he's really enjoyed himself.

"I'm sure he'll have learnt plenty today and that ground is the key to him."

Bretherton (9/1) later did the business for trainer Richard Fahey and jockey Graham Lee in the concluding Betfred Download The App Handicap.