Chef masters Haydock rivals for Nicky Henderson

Sat 17 Feb 2018

Chef Des Obeaux took his tally to three from four over timber in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Haydock.

Nicky Henderson's six-year-old only has one defeat to his name this season and that came at the hands of smart stablemate Santini at Newbury.

Golan Fortune looked like making a race of it in the straight but he walked through the second-last, losing all chance, meaning Noel Fehily could bide his time thereafter.

Uppertown Prince made late headway to claim second.

Fehily said: "He stays well, he's progressing very well and maturing with each run.

"He has a tendency to jump out of my hands and was having a look round late on.

"He stays well so the Albert Bartlett would look his race."

Betfred cut him to 10-1 from 14-1 for that race next month.

Turning Gold narrowly turned the tables on Cornerstone Lad in the Betfred TV Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle.

The pair fought out the finish at Catterick last month, with Micky Hammond's Cornerstone Lad coming out on top on that occasion.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' Turning Gold (6-1) was 2lb better off for a length on Merseyside, but it still did not look like it was going to be enough for most of the run-in.

As the shadow of the post got nearer, Sam Twiston-Davies just managed to force his mount in front on the line to win by a nose, with the favourite Lisp back in third after making a bad blunder at the second-last.

Richard Bovis is head lad to Twiston-Davies and the winner is owned by a group of his friends.

"I'm delighted. Last time out at Doncaster the ground was just too quick for him, he has to have it soft," said Bovis.

"He may get an entry in the Fred Winter, but we'd only think about running if it was soft.

"Today was his Gold Cup."

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