Saturday 21 December 2019
Betway Casino Handicap Hurdle
Class 3 | 3m 58y | Heavy (Soft in places) | 8 Runners | Turf
Off time: 14:05 | Winning time: 6m 13.2s
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Big Shark (10/11), Closing Ceremony (5/1), Silva Eclipse (6/1), Coole Cody (8/1), Flashjack (12/1), Sakhee's City (14/1), Dell' Arca (16/1), Secrete Stream (33/1)
The mudlark Silva Eclipse (runner-up in this race last year from a 5lb lower mark) merits much respect having out-battled Coole Cody in desperate conditions at Uttoxeter (2m7½f) in November. Furthermore, he went down all guns blazing in an earlier tussle with the course specialist Closing Ceremony over C&D in January. With past Haydock form figures of 222 (beaten a combined total of 3L) he deserves a change of fortune at this track. However, the suspicion is that he'll face a formidable opponent in the shape of the handicap debutant BIG SHARK who is 2-2 under rules since joining Philip Hobbs out of the Irish point-to-point scene for £33,000.
- Big Shark
- Silva Eclipse
- Closing Ceremony