The Betfair 'Tap Tap Boom' "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3, Haydock Park 14:25
£80,000 added,
4yo plus, 2m 6f 177y, Class 1 
Saturday 21st November 2015

1 Baradari 12/1
2 Definitly Red 13/2
3 Batavir 16/1
4 Alcala 10/1
16 ran Distances: 7l, 12l, 1¼l
TIME 5m 42.00s

Baradari makes a winning debut for trainer Dan Skelton with a dominant victory

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Formerly trained by Venetia Williams, the five-year-old pulled clear of the opposition from two out to take this valuable prize with plenty to spare.

Closing Ceremony made the running, with Yala Enki and Definitly Red close up. There was drama five out when Our Kaempfer and Wychwoods Brook came down and Low Key was hampered. Meanwhile, Baradari (12-1) made stealthy progress under the trainer's brother, Harry, and put it up to Definitely Red who had struck for home.

Baradari kicked on and was not for stopping as he bounded to victory by seven lengths from Definitly Red. Batavir stayed on for third place 12 lengths away, with Alcala fourth.

The winning jockey said: "That was really good. He travelled so well and I was cursing myself at the second-last for going on too soon, but he stuck to it and galloped all the way to the line.

"He did well last year for Venetia. A change of scenery has done him good and he galloped on all the way to the line. It's nice to get a winner for the owner."

The trainer said: "I couldn't have had him any better. I laid him out for the race. On his old form he had a squeak on the handicap. He has won handsomely in a very good race.

"I'm looking at the Rendlesham (back at Haydock). We've got to try him in the better races now. Today was the big plan and it's going to take him a little while to get over it.

"I'm so pleased to get a winner for Andrew (Brooks, owner). We have six of his. We're very lucky to have those horses. I'm humbled by it all really."

Brian Ellison, trainer of runner-up Definitly Red, said: "It was his first run since March and he ran a blinder.

"He's already schooled over fences and he'll go chasing now. He jumps for fun - he jumped for fun today, to be fair - so we'll get him over fences around Christmas time."

Betfair 'Tap Tap Boom' "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle
£80,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 6f 177y, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Baradari (IRE) 12/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 5
2nd 7 Definitly Red (IRE) 13/2 Danny Cook
B Ellison 6
3rd 12 Batavir (FR) 16/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 6
4th Alcala (FR) 10/1 Sean Bowen
P F Nicholls 5
5th 6 Yala Enki (FR) 5/1 A P Cawley
Miss V Williams 5
6th ¾ Closing Ceremony (IRE) 12/1 R P McLernon
Miss E C Lavelle 6
7th Tea For Two 4/1f Lizzie Kelly (5)
Nick Williams 6
8th 25 Vics Canvas (IRE) 33/1 R T Dunne
D A McLoughlin 12
9th ½ Bold Sir Brian (IRE) 40/1 P Buchanan
Miss Lucinda V Russell 9
10th 24 Low Key (IRE) 16/1 Mr D G Noonan (7)
D Pipe 8
PU Shantou Bob (IRE) 8/1 G Sheehan
W Greatrex 7
PU Barafundle (IRE) 50/1 Peter Carberry
Jennie Candlish 11
PU Mijhaar 25/1 Aidan Coleman
J P Ferguson 7
PU One For Harry (IRE) 22/1 B P Harding
N G Richards 7
F Wychwoods Brook 25/1 Adam Wedge
Evan Williams 9
BD Our Kaempfer (IRE) 11/1 N D Fehily
C E Longsdon 6