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Haydock Park

  • 15:40 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle 2m

  • (Registered As The Swinton) (Grade 3) £55,000 added 4yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £31,322 2nd £11,754 3rd £5,885 4th £2,932
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 48.30s
  • Off time: 15:40:27

Merlin continues McCain run

Maguire shines for in-form trainer

Last Updated: 12/05/12 4:28pm

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Donald McCain: Struck with Red Merlin at Haydock after fantastic week

Donald McCain: Struck with Red Merlin at Haydock after fantastic week

Red Merlin ran out a very easy winner of the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

Donald McCain's well-backed 13-2 favourite travelled well throughout on the inside under a confident Jason Maguire who pulled his mount out for a final thrust jumping the final hurdle.

He soon put clear daylight between himself and the rest of the field and was a comfortable two-and-a-half lengths clear of runner-up Tony Star (9-1) at the line.

Double Ross (14-1) was a further neck back in third with Dream Esteem (16-1) fourth.

Perfect Plan

McCain said: "This has been some sort of plan for a while as he is a strong-travelling, good ground horse and he loves the hustle and bustle of a race like this.

"Jason didn't give him a bad ride did he? He maybe just got to the front a bit soon at Ayr last time so I told Jason to take his time today and that he was better getting there too late than too soon.

"He's travelled so well and he's probably ended up in front a bit soon again, but Jason couldn't do anything about it and it was nice to see him finish his race well.

"I nearly took him out yesterday when they said it was going to be proper soft ground, but I'm glad I didn't as it isn't riding too bad.

"There is not a lot left for him at this time of year, so I'm not sure what we'll do now. He could have a run on the Flat at some stage.

"It's been an unbelievable week. We haven't been doing anything different with the horses, things have just fallen into place and it's grand as Chester and Haydock are our local tracks."

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