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Storm surges to victoryHeadlines
Lucy Alexander

Storm Surge jumped his rivals ragged to take the Maxilead Metals Handicap Chase at Haydock.

Second at Catterick on Tuesday, Martin Todhunter's gelding (9-2 co-favourite) was running from out of the handicap and made full use of his light weight.

Given a bold ride by Lucy Alexander, a spring-heeled leap at the last sealed victory and although the grey tired badly in the last 100 yards, he held on by two and a half lengths from Woody Waller and Tartan Snow.

Todhunter said: "I was a bit worried it might come too soon. The way the handicappers are these days, though, I know the handicapper will hammer him as they pulled a long way clear of the third (at Catterick).

"It wasn't soft enough at Catterick, he wants it like this, nearly unracecable. Lucy gets on well with him, that's her second win and she's also been second on him from just four rides."

Henry Daly was beaming from ear to ear after the victory of Safran De Cotte in the Maxilead Metals Supports Alder Hey Imagine Appeal Handicap Hurdle.

The grey is owned by the Timpson Family, guests of the Whittles, sponsors of the feature Tommy Whittle on the card.

Still only five, the 13-2 chance had run well behind the well regarded Poungach at Sandown and loved the conditions, staying on grimly in the straight to hold off the gallant Across The Bay, who tried to make all, by four and a half lengths. Teenage Idol was third.

Daly said: "That's been the plan since September. The owners are guests of the Whittles today so we were always going to come for this. He ran well last time and he needs the ground like this, nearly unraceable. We'll step him up to three miles now and go chasing next season."

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