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  • 14:45 Maxilead Metals Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase3m

  • £30,000 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £19,494 2nd £5,724 3rd £2,862 4th £1,431
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 23.30s
  • Off time: 14:45:28

Brook shows his metal

Winner holds on by dwindling margin

Last Updated: 17/12/11 3:25pm

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Colin Tizzard: Trains Cannington Brook

Colin Tizzard: Trains Cannington Brook

Cannington Brook won an attritional renewal of the Maxilead Metals Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at Haydock.

Always well regarded by trainer Colin Tizzard, Cannington Brook walked over the line to repel the gritty Our Island by a length in the gruelling three mile contest.

Pearlysteps had taken the field along from the outset with the well-backed favourite Wymott held-up in rear by Jason Maguire.

Maguire and his partner never threatened to progress through the field with the jockey opting to pull his charge up a long way from home but Pearlysteps continued to enjoy himself at the head of affairs.

He was joined in the straight by Cannington Brook travelling easily for Tom O'Brien and the hard ridden Our Island who was the first to crack.

Pearlysteps' first mistake of the race proved to be his last as he catapulted Jake Greenall out of the saddle at the last when not getting very high, seemingly handing the race to Tizzard's seven year old only for Cannington Brook to idle badly on the 'run' to the line.

There was over 30 lengths back to Court Red Handed in third.

Winning rider O'Brien said: "We could have done with the other horse (Pearlysteps) standing up as my lad idled on his own.

"I must give credit to my agent as he was very keen on his chances.

"It was very hard work in that ground."

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