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Buffalo charges at Haydock

David Pipe's Broadway Buffalo dug deep for Tom Scudamore to clinch the Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle.

The 5-1 favourite stuck to his guns to deny Kris Spin by three-quarters of a length.

"The rain came for us as he loves soft ground," said Pipe.

"I have to admit I thought Kris Spin was going to come and do us, but, in fairness to our horse and jockey, they toughed it out really well.

"We'll see how he comes out of the race, but we might go chasing with him during the summer."

Kris Spin's rider Jake Greenhall was slapped with a nine-day suspension (May 24 to June 1) for using his whip above the permitted level.

Pipe and Scudamore completed a double in the Pertemps Network Intermediate Handicap Chase as the pint-sized Shotavodka (7-2 joint-favourite) saw off Baby Shine by three and a half lengths.

Pipe said: "There's not much of him and I don't think he's what you would call an embryonic chaser, but what he does have is a big heart.

"He likes that ground and is probably at his best in the spring."

The final jumps race on the card was the Pertemps Network Handicap Chase, with victory going to Tim Vaughan's 9-1 shot Wings Of Smoke, ridden by Richard Johnson.

The main event on the level was the Pertemps Network Spring Trophy, with David Simcock's Breton Rock taking the Listed prize in the hands of Fergus Sweeney.

The 11-4 chance delivered his challenge away from the other runners on the far side of the track and had enough in the tank to get the better of Custom Cut by half a length.

"He's a lovely horse, he loved the ground and did it well," said Sweeney.

"I'd say seven furlongs is his optimum trip and you have to let him get into his own rhythm - you can't push him too much."

Intibaah (5-2 joint-favourite) further enhanced his reputation with a smart display in the Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes.

Making his first appearance since registering an impressive victory in an Ascot handicap in early October, Brian Meehan's four-year-old picked up well to seal the deal by a length and a quarter from Annunciation.

"He's a four-year-old now and has strengthened up a lot over the winter," said winning jockey Dane O'Neill.

"He handled the soft ground well and hopefully he'll develop into a smart sprinter."

Red Stargazer (14-1) foiled favourite Chatez by a neck to claim the Pertemps Network Handicap for trainer David Barron and jockey Graham Gibbons.

Gibbons said: "I always felt we were getting there, slowly but surely.

"He will probably benefit from going another couple of furlongs."