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  • Brook Completes Ring Double

Peter Marsh Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) 3m 1f

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 23.00s
  • Off time: 15:15:25
  • Last Updated: January 18 2014, 20:54 GMT

Conditional jockey Conor Ring enjoyed a day he will never forget at Haydock with a 390/1 double, highlighted by the success of Wychwoods Brook in the feature Peter Marsh Chase.

National Hunt action
National Hunt action

Ring's 7lb claim proved vital at the end of a thrilling finish to the three-mile-one-furlong chase, in which Vintage Star, Katenko and Merry King all emerged with credit.

Vintage Star had run in the Welsh National three weeks ago and there is a possibility that just took its toll in the home straight as the challenger from Wales eventually wore him down after the last to win by a length and a half at 16/1.

Merry King came with a powerful late surge to take third spot, a further neck away, while Katenko stuck on for fourth place.

As Wychwoods Brook is still a novice, a tilt at the Crabbie's Grand National, this season at least, is unlikely to be on the cards, according to his owners.

For Williams it was also a red-letter day, with his double at Haydock supplemented by a treble at Taunton.

Ring, who turns 21 next week, was nearly speechless after the race.

"I can't quite believe it," he said.

"I was over the moon with one winner for the day but to have a double and win a race like this takes some believing.

"The horse was so game. He put his head down every time I asked him and he kept on galloping all the way to the line. It's a great day."

Ring had earlier won on the Williams-trained Extreme Impact (22/1), who defied a huge absence to take the Tate Contracts Handicap Hurdle.

Richie McClernon, the rider of Merry King, picked up a four-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level.

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