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Jenny Powell shines on Azari at Haydock

Jenny Powell timed her run to perfection on Azari to win the Betfred Haydock Park Ladies' Trophy Handicap at Haydock.

Jenny Powell shines on Azari at Haydock

Jenny Powell timed her run to perfection on Azari to win the Betfred Haydock Park Ladies' Trophy Handicap at Haydock.

Megan Nicholls appeared to have everything covered riding Zubayr for her father, Paul, but Azari had his head in front right on the line.

Rubbing salt into the wounds for the Nicholls family, Azar Horseformi used to be housed at Ditcheat but joined Tom Dascombe in June.


Powell, daughter of Grand National winner Brendan, felt the first-time cheekpieces may have proved decisive.

"I wasn't confident I'd got there but I'd tracked the right horse," she said.

"To be honest, he wasn't that keen on going past. I don't think he 100 per cent wanted to do that so the cheekpieces helped.

"But he's won, which is all that matters."

Abbie McCain on Swaheen and Rachel Richardson on Dance King stood to benefit from a bonus if successful, and while both briefly threatened they were ultimately unplaced.

El Cap eventually ran out a decisive winner of the Betfred Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Handicap.

Sir Michael Stoute's three-year-old would have been an unlucky loser as Calder Prince kicked for home and El Cap's jockey Ted Durcan briefly had nowhere to go.

But the 4-1 chance found daylight and shot clear by three and a half lengths.

"He was travelling all over them but I just needed room," said Durcan.

"Once I had it I knew I'd win, he quickened well and has a lovely attitude.

"He's by Speightstown so I suppose there was a question about the ground but he handled it fine.

"He could even be better on a nice surface."

Russian Realm (10-1) has looked a dangerously well handicapped horse for some time and it finally came together in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap.

Paul Midgley's sprinter was 10lb below his last winning mark and Dougie Costello produced him nicely to beat Captain Lars by half a length.

"Soft ground is massive to him," said Midgley.

"He needs a strong pace, too, so he relies on the others doing the work for him. He wasn't winning out of turn."

Fire Brigade was another easy winner for Michael Bell and Danny Tudhope in the one-mile handicap.

The 10-11 favourite can expect no favours from the handicapper after an effortless success.
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