Clyne to go on trial at Haydock

Clyne is set to bypass a trip to Ireland in favour of a crack at the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on Saturday.


Trainer Evan Williams described his charge as "90 per cent" certain to skip a run in the ultra-competitive Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday in favour of a Grade Two assignment on Merseyside.

The seven-year-old has claimed two handicap hurdles at Haydock this term, winning over two miles in November before stepping up in trip a month later.

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Williams said: "I don't think he will be going to Ireland, we'll probably end up running at Haydock instead.

"I don't think Haydock is going to cut up quite as much as it can do this time as a few of those nice horses look like they will stand their ground.

"I could wait until Newbury next month, but if the ground isn't right there, we'd be kicking ourselves for not running now.

"I would say he's 90 per cent certain not to go to Ireland.

"Haydock is a step up, but he's progressive, although if he's progressive enough might be open to debate."

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