Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3, Haydock Park 14:25
£100,000 added, 4yo plus,
3m 58y, Class 1  
Saturday 23rd November 2019

1 Stoney Mountain 16/1
2 Acey Milan 7/1
3 Tedham 5/1F
4 Ask Ben 10/1
17 ran Distances: 2¼l, ¾l, nk
Time: 6m 1.70s (slow by 20.70s)

Tom O’Brien brought Henry Daly’s Stoney Mountain from the clouds to hit the front in the last 75 yards and land the first prize for owner Trevor Hemmings.

Stoney Mountain was only fifth jumping the final flight as long-time leader Acey Milan and Ask Ben looked set to fight out the finish. However, they were spent forces on the stamina-sapping run to the line.

Staying on the best, Stoney Mountain got his head in front where it matters to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Acey Milan stuck on for second, with Tedham claiming third place and Ask Ben fourth.

“He’s galloped, he’s jumped and he’s honest,” said Daly.

“He’s every trainer’s dream of a horse. You never really notice him at home and he’s the same in a race. He’s not a horse who stands out in a crowd much, but he’s so honest.”

It is unlikely Stoney Mountain will follow in the hoofprints of recent winners of this race, Sam Spinner and Paisley Park, who have gone on to Grade One glory over the smaller obstacles. 

“We can safely say that was the plan,” said Daly. 

“As for plans from now, I imagine Trevor (Hemmings, owner) will say fences, fences, fences. We’ll discuss it. We know Trevor loves fences and he’s won a big prize here.”

Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 58y, Class 1
17 ran
Going: Good to Soft

1     Stoney Mountain 6 11-3 Henry Daly Tom O'Brien 16/1
Acey Milan 5 10-7 Anthony Honeyball Rex Dingle 7/1
¾ Tedham 5 10-9 Jonjo O'Neill Nick Scholfield 5/1F
nk Ask Ben 6 10-12 Graeme McPherson Kielan Woods 10/1
Umbrigado 5 11-7 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 7/1
6 Echiquier 5 10-12 Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 20/1
4 Mega Yeats 5 10-13 Ruth Jefferson Jamie Hamilton 33/1
Highland Hunter 6 10-10 1 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 9/1
Lisnagar Oscar 6 11-6 Rebecca Curtis Brian Hughes 9/1
10 Diomede Des Mottes 6 11-2 Dan Skelton William Marshall 16/1
28 Potters Corner 9 10-13 Christian Williams A P Heskin 50/1
24 Flash The Steel 7 11-3 Dan Skelton Bridget Andrews 12/1
61 Eight And Bob 6 11-5 W P Mullins Robbie Power 12/1
(5th) Liosduin Bhearna 6 10-10 Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan 25/1
PU Sykes 10 11-12 Nicky Martin Matt Griffiths 33/1
PU Sirobbie 5 10-8 Harry Whittington Gavin Sheehan 20/1
PU Breaking Waves 5 10-10 Noel Williams Bryony Frost 15/2