Clyne grinds it out in Haydock mud
The early news from Haydock Park, where Clyne completed a hat-trick of wins in the opening contest under Adam Wedge.
Clyne and Adam Wedge come home clear to win the Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively On Betfair Handicap Hurdle.
Clyne belied a nine-month absence when completing his hat-trick in the Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively On Betfair Handicap Hurdle at Haydock.
The Evan Williams-trained six-year-old looked a progressive individual after winning his previous two starts at Ffos Las and Warwick and with the testing conditions in his favour, he was a 9/2 chance on his first start since February.
With rank outsider Akula sent straight to the lead, Adam Wedge positioned Clyne in second for much of the two-mile journey before hitting the front before the home turn.
Fellow market principals Verni and Baby King both loomed up as dangers, but Clyne saw them off and passed the post seven lengths clear of the former.
Wedge said: "He improved last season and he's improved again. The ground is wet and deep and he loves it.
"Jumping two out the other horses were coming and I wasn't sure what I had left, but once I've given him a squeeze he's gone again."Nigel Twiston-Davies and Jamie Bargary combined to land the Better Odds With Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle with 9-4 favourite El Terremoto.The four-year-old failed to fire on his British debut at Chepstow last month, but raised his game to score decisively at Stratford a few weeks later and followed up in good style, coming home with two and three-quarter lengths in hand.French challenger Fyrmyin travelled well for a long way before fading into third place.Irish raider Massini's Trap was doing his best work at the finish and grabbed the runner-up spot."He's a horse we like a lot at home and he was disappointing at Chepstow," said Bargary."He won very easily at Stratford and he's done it well again today, so he's obviously a horse that's improving with each run."He travelled like the winner and jumped like the winner throughout and hopefully he can step up again."He's a good horse to have on our side."