Today's racecards

Haydock Park

  • 12:20 Betfair Commits 40 Million To British Racing Hurdle2m

  • Winner £25,024 2nd £7,392 3rd £3,696 4th £1,848
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 2.20s
  • Off time: 12:20:32
12:20 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Balder Succes (FR) 1/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 121137- Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Hollow Tree 253
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-6 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 142 15/82.88
2 111FU-3 Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-2 A King W Hutchinson 147 1/21.50
3 441109 Yellow, emerald green star, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Face Value 20
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-2 p A McGuinness D E Splaine 123 20/121.00
4 Black and Light Blue check, Black sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Red cap Phase Shift 18
Nag me
4 10-5 B Ellison Danny Cook (ex2) 100/1101.00

Verdict

A very nice prize but a poor turnout. Newcomer Phase Shift is unlikely to prove good enough given that her only success on the Flat came in a Class 6 event at Catterick last month. Last year's Finale Juvenile Hurdle winner Hollow Tree beat subsequent Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame in the mud at Chepstow and found the ground too quick behind that rival at Cheltenham. Balder Succes fell when travelling well in the Triumph and unshipped his rider at the first at Punchestown subsequently. He'll be better for his recent run at Wincanton and will be fit enough but he'll also be short enough in the betting and FACE VALUE could find the necessary improvement to take this. The Irish raider doesn't have the hurdling form of his two main rivals but he's improved out of all recognition on the Flat completing a hat-trick including the November Handicap at Leopardstown on his latest start.