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Aintree Success for Hutchinson
11:20pm Sunday 6th April 2014 in Sport
SWINDON jockey Wayne Hutchinson missed out on glory at the Grand National on Saturday but did still manage to claim his second winner of the Aintree festival earlier in the day.
Hutchinson was riding Alan King’s Walkon in the big race in Liverpool but, despite at one stage being part of the leading group, the jockey was forced to pull the horse up before the finish.
Prior to the National the Swindon man rode King’s Balder Success to victory in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices Chase earlier in the afternoon, adding to the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle he won with Clondaw Kaempfer on Friday.
But Hutchinson couldn’t continue his form into the feature race of the festival and, while he was pleased with the run he was able to give Walkon, he revealed he pulled his mount up in the horse’s best interest.
"He didn't see the trip out, but he gave me a great spin for a circuit and a half,” he said.
"He was a joy to ride and jumped from fence to fence, but I pulled up before the second-last to look after him."
Pineau De Re, a 25/1 shot trained by Dr Richard Newland and ridden by Leighton Aspell, won the big race of the day ahead of Balthazhar King and Double Seven.
Eighteen of the 40-strong field managed to finish the race in which all jockeys and horses returned safely.
Trainer King is now considering a trip to the Punchestown Festival for Balder Succes following his Aintree triumph.
Winner of the Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick and the Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton, Balder Succes bypassed last month's showpiece meeting at Prestbury Park to ensure he was primed for his trip to Liverpool.
With Next Sensation predictably setting a strong gallop from the outset, Balder Succes was waited with in the hands of Hutchinson before looming up ominously in the straight.
The 7/2 chance moved stylishly to the lead on the run to the final fence and a spring-heeled leap sealed victory, beating Simply Ned by four lengths.
King said: "He was good today.
"He needed one at the last and got it, his jumping was great all the way round.
"It's paid off not going to Cheltenham with him, he was fresh and well - I'm delighted.
"He could go Punchestown. He gets two and a half miles, but I think he's better over two.
"Fences have made a man of him and if he does go anywhere else (before the end of the season) it will be Punchestown."
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