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Haydock Park

  • 12:15 Betfair Hurdle2m

  • £40,000 added 4yo 5 ran
  • Winner £25,024 2nd £7,392 3rd £3,696 4th £1,848
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 52.50s
  • Off time: 12:15:34

Haydock cruise for Grandouet

Seven Barrows star makes a big impression

Last Updated: 19/11/11 4:10pm

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Grandouet: Cut for Champion Hurdle after fluent win

Grandouet: Cut for Champion Hurdle after fluent win

Nicky Henderson's Grandouet enhanced his Champion Hurdle claims by winning the Betfair Hurdle at Haydock on the bridle.

The 8-13 favourite was anchored at the rear of the field by Tony McCoy and settled better than he has in the past.

The champion jockey tracked Domtaline into the straight and that rival could never take the market leader out of his comfort zone.

McCoy let out an inch of rein going to the last and despite not being fluent there, the son of Al Namix quickly went clear, winning by eight lengths.

Marsh Warbler came through to claim the forecast spot ahead of Domtaline.

Sky Bet and Boylesports were taken by the winner's performance and cut him to 14s from 20s for the Champion Hurdle.

"AP said the race was run to suit him and it might just be that he's a sharp track, speedy sort of horse," winning trainer Henderson told Racing UK.

"I haven't discussed it with the owner and the Christmas Hurdle is there but the alternative is the Bula and it might make sense to see if Cheltenham suits him then rather than in March. He ran a very good race in the Triumph last year though and maybe is just improving."

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