Haydock Park

  • 13:45 StanJames.com Champion Hurdle Trial 2m

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.10s
  • Off time: 13:45:34
13:45 Haydock Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Celestial Halo (IRE) 6/5


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 218-131 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
8 11-12 bt P F Nicholls D A Jacob 165 6/52.20
2 110-257 White, dark green spots on sleeves, purple cap Marsh Warbler 20
Distance Winner
5 11-8 B Ellison Aidan Coleman 149 11/43.75
3 125-105 Royal blue, white cross belts, white sleeves, orange armlets, orange cap, white star Desert Cry (IRE) 20
Beaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 143 7/24.50
4 374612 EMERALD GREEN and RED diabolo, WHITE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN diamonds, WHITE cap, RED diamond Torphichen 21
Distance Winner
7 11-4 p A King Charlie Huxley 142 6/17.00


CELESTIAL HALO looked right back to his best last year. He landed the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton in November before carrying top weight to victory in a handicap at Newbury three weeks ago. Paul Nicholls' charge should come out best once again on these favourable terms as he had today's rival Torphichen a couple of lengths behind last time and the latter is worse off at the weight here. Desert Cry finished ahead of Marsh Warbler at Musselburgh earlier this month but it's difficult to see either of that pair troubling the selection.