Hemmings could Hedge his bets

Willoughby Hedge in action (Photo: Brian Clark)Willoughby Hedge in action (Photo: Brian Clark)
Willoughby Hedge in action (Photo: Brian Clark)
Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings may be forced into a re-think about putting one of his horses on the '˜transfer-list'.

Willoughby Hedge looked to be surplus to requirements, but that was before his victory at lucrative odds of 25-1 in the Challenger Two Mile Handicap Hurdle Series Final at Haydock Park on Saturday.

The horse put a poor performance on his most recent start behind him to spring a surprise win at the Lancashire track. Trainer Alan King’s charge mounted his bid four fences from home and just denied Regal Flow by a neck under a strong drive from jockey Wayne Hutchinson.

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Hemmings was not present at Haydock, but his trainer said: “The blinkers first time have helped. He was very good with a visor first time, then he disappointed at Sandown

“He got into a good rhythm so he was always going to run well after that. I’m delighted.He was going to the sales but we’ll have to think about it now,” King added.