Eamon emerges from the fog

Latest news from the rest of this afternoon's meeting at Haydock as Eamon An Cnoic emerged through the fog to win the opener.

David Pipe: Haydock winner

Eamon An Cnoic emerged through the fog to run out a smooth winner of the 32Red Casino Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.

Visibility was poor, but there was no doubt about the result as David Pipe's five-year-old followed up his success at Fakenham in October in the hands of David Noonan.

The 9/2 favourite got home by a length and three-quarters from Sakhee's City, with Baratineur staying on for third place.

Noonan said: "It's a tight track so I stayed on the inside to save as much ground as I could and we went a nice gallop.

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"When he got to the front he kept on well. It's a full furlong from the last to the line which is a long way."

Splash Of Ginge (12/1) won for the first time since New Year's Day in 2015 when reverting to smaller obstacles in the 32Red.com-sponsored handicap hurdle.

Owner John Neild had considered retiring the eight-year-old after his latest disappointing effort over fences at Newbury last month, but that idea has gone for the time being after a game performance under top weight.

Splash Of Ginge was challenged hard by Little Boy Boru in the closing stages, but fobbed him off in determined style under 3lb claimer Jamie Bargary to score by three-quarters of a length for the Nigel Twiston-Davies team.

Neild said: "I'm made up. I was in the States for his last run and it broke my heart to see him run as bad as he did and I said to Nigel, 'Retire him'.

"Nigel said, 'No', and that for some reason he had lost his confidence over fences, but I didn't want him to be one of those horses that was running round just for the sake of running.

"It's a great training performance by Nigel. He could have quit today, but he didn't and this is the furthest he's won over."

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