Great Performance By Brook In Tommy Whittle

Sat 22nd Dec 2012, 15:12

Tom O'Brien rode Cannington Brook
©Healy Racing Photos
Cannington Brook edged out Merry King after a thrilling duel to win the Blue Square Bet Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase at Haydock for the second successive season.

The 9/2 winner was burdened with top weight in the stamina sapping ground but made light of the issue and led his rival over the last.

However Richie McLernon was at his strongest aboard the eventual runner-up and conjured a late rally from the 7/2 favourite who was in front a stride after the line.

It took the judge four minutes to separate the pair but the photographic evidence confirmed Cannington Brook had held on by a nose and it was 14 lengths back to Mac Aeda (6/1) in third.

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

THE IRISH TIMES