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Bally marvellous at Haydock

Ballyglasheen was the only horse in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle without a Scoop6 ticket on him and he foiled the field at odds of 25-1

With over 7million in the pot, it seemed certain that the money would be landed as Barizan kicked for home at Haydock with three flights still to jump, with 100-30 favourite Vibrato Valtat travelling particularly well in behind.

Ballyglasheen appeared booked for third when Vibrato Valtat cruised up to challenge Barizan coming down to the last, but the market leader found little under pressure.

Last year's winner Barizan then looked a likely victor, only for the Evan Williams-trained Ballyglasheen to get a second wind and pull a length and a half clear.

Barizan, formerly trained by Williams but now in the care of Donald McCain, kept on for second, with Vibrato Valtat only third, a further three-quarters of a length away.

Winning owner Roger Gambarini said: "I was in the bar in Portugal until midnight and flew over at 3.30am. The wife told me I was silly - she was wrong!

"Evan is never bullish about his horses. When he says they have no chance that is when you want to back them.

"I knew he would battle. I can't think of a bad race he's ever run and I knew he would finish well as he always does.

"He was badly hampered in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham and I'm convinced he would have won, but I'm very happy to have won today.

"I'm not sure what the plan will be for him now. We might try and find a little race on the Flat for him somewhere.

"Evan was meant to be driving me back to the airport after racing but he remembered at the last minute he had a wedding to go to."

Moloney said: "He's a lovely little horse and never knows when he's beaten.

"Every time he's won for us he's looked beaten, but he loves a target so I was pleased to have a couple after the last (hurdle)."