Enqarde made amends for crashing out in the Virgin Bet Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase 12 months in the past when returning to land the stamina check in type at Haydock.
Dr Richard Newland’s seven-year-old unseated his rider at the thirteenth fence in 2020 – however there was no repeat this time as Enqarde (8-1) put his rivals to the sword with a authoritative efficiency.
Jockey Charlie Hammond introduced him into the race steadily after Calipso Collonges and Remastered had seemed to be the 2 principals early in the house straight.
Challenging on the far aspect of the course, Enqarde started to drag away going to the ultimate fence and went on to win by 10 lengths from Remastered. Calipso Collonges was 4 and 1 / 4 lengths away in third place with Just Your Type fourth.
“It’s our second Tommy Whittle win and I thought a very good ride by Charlie Hammond,” stated Newland.
“We’ve skilled him for the race. He was operating effectively in the race final yr when he misplaced his rider. He’d been coaching effectively and I used to be hopeful of present, however I believed it was a aggressive race in paper – I’m thrilled to bits together with his efficiency.
“He misplaced his approach a bit final yr and I believe it may be finest to maintain him a shade recent and go for one more good race however not rush him.
“He might go back to Haydock for the Grand National Trial. He ran in it last season so we might have another go at that. The alternative would be a race like the Midlands National at Uttoxeter. He looks like an out-and-out stayer.
“We’d take into account a race just like the Eider as effectively, however I have never received a transparent plan but.”
Newland completed a double when Jesuitique ran away with the Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle.
Ridden by 5lb claimer Cillin Leonard, the 11-4 joint-favourite kicked on in the straight and won unchallenged by five and a half lengths from Tokyo Getaway with Padleyorowncanoe a head away third.
“I used to be trying ahead to operating him over three miles on smooth floor and he did not let me down. It was an excellent efficiency,” Newland said.
“If the bottom got here up smooth he would possibly run in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, however I believe we might in all probability should run him someplace earlier than as a result of he would not get in at the second.”
Adrimel got back on track with a convincing display to get off the mark over fences in the Virgin Bet Novices’ Chase.
Pulled up on his chasing debut at Exeter earlier this month, Tom Lacey’s six-year-old was helped by the application of first-time blinkers as he returned to the promise he showed as a hurdler in the first half of last term.
Jumping well throughout, Adrimel (7-2) pulled clear of the favourite Dreams Of Home from the third-last fence to win by 15 lengths in the hands of Stan Sheppard.
Lacey said: “Exeter was fully my fault, the bottom wasn’t to go well with. We schooled him over a mile and a half on the grass and he went with such enthusiasm that we thought we would not even hassle with cheekpieces, but it surely backfired on me and he is a horse that we would not ever contemplating operating once more with out headgear.
“I don’t think he’s an ungenuine horse at all, he’s just one of those horses who goes around with his head elsewhere and again at Exeter I was probably guilty of not doing enough sharp work with him before hand to engage his brain. I let the horse down at Exeter as much he let me down.
“He’s extra floor dependent that journey, but it surely was actually necessary that we received by way of as we speak earlier than pondering of the rest. Warwick is an possibility for the Kingmaker, however I’m certain there are different choices for him as effectively.”
Haute Estime (11-1), ridden by Derek Fox, held on in a desperate finish to take Listed honours for Lucinda Russell in the Virgin Bet Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
Haute Estime and long-time leader Current Mood looked to have the race between them, having pulled several lengths clear of the pack at the final flight.
However, Nina The Terrier, the 11-10 favourite finished with a flourish and got within a half a length of the winner at the line to finish runner-up, a nose ahead of Current Mood.
Peter Scudamore, Russell’s assistant and partner, said: “We’ve at all times been very keen on her, however trainers say that form of factor once they’ve gained!
“We have Paul McIvor to thank who does our form for us, he told us to run her here and we have to thank Derek too who gave her an unbelievable ride.
“He’s driving higher than ever now and I’m very glad that he would not get too many exterior rides as a result of he is priceless for us – I’ve not often seen a greater man on a horse, he is a bit like me in that he is not probably the most fashionable however efficient!”