Haydock first for French ace

News of the rest of the action from Sprint Cup day at Haydock Park where Motdaw relished the testing conditions.

Motdaw (left) landed the opener for Mick Channon

Motdaw relished the wet conditions to give French jockey Alexis Badel a winner on his first ever ride in Britain in the EBF Breeders' Series 32Red Sport.com Fillies' Handicap at Haydock.

Badel, who travelled over mainly to ride Donjuan Triumphant in the 32Red Sprint Cup, did not mind the damp weather as he brought the Mick Channon-trained filly with a well-timed run.

And the daughter of Motivator put up a really game effort as she held Rosental by half a length at odds of 12-1.

Empress Ali, the long-time leader, was seven lengths back in third.

"He's ridden for us in France. When we knew he was coming over today, we got him," said Channon's travelling head lad Roy Fowler.

Channon's son, Jack, who arrived just after the race having been stuck in traffic, said: "We knew it was 50-50 with the rain. She loves cut in the ground and it came just in time.

"She's not very big, but she's as tough as old boots. I'm delighted for Derek and Jean Clee. They own and bred her and have all the family."

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