Fog on the Clyne!

Officials were unable to record any time or winning distances for the finale at Haydock which was won, apparently, by Clyne.

Clyne and Adam Wedge won in the fog at Haydock

The fog descended with venom for the last race with visibility very poor and it was only after the horses returned to the enclosures that the judge was able to announce that Clyne (6/1) had landed the spoils in the Handicap Hurdle.

Evan Williams' six-year-old had won his last three starts and made it four under Adam Wedge who said: "They skipped five of six lengths clear of me turning in and I thought my chance had gone.

"I jumped the third from home, gave him a dig and he kept on for me.

"I could only make out the wings and that's the only reason I knew a flight was coming."

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Course commentator Stuart Machin was left in the dark as to how events were unfolding, occasionally referring to audible hoofbeats.

However even with that audio aid, neither Machin nor the television cameras were able to pick up the runners until they had passed the post.

Machin ended his commentary with: "I'm afraid I can't tell you what won, what finished second or whether they all got around.

"But certainly to the fore late on it looked like Draytonian, El Terremoto, Sharp Response and Super Sam. All those were involved. But in what order, make up your own mind."

The Racing UK presenters were then left waiting to see where the jockeys would head in the winner's enclosure before they could even attempt to pass the result onto the viewers.

"We saw it worsening after the Tommy Whittle and sent a stipendiary steward down to the winning post as a contingency," clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright told the Racing Post.

"It was the last race and there's always a desire to complete the card if you can, but we have to admit that had that worsened or been as bad as that at the time of the first race we could not have done so," he added.

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