Money on enigmatic Young Man goes West but Daly still bags prize
Amateur jockey Zac Baker experienced a day he will never forget as he successfully steered home half-brothers Colin's Brother and I Am Colin to secure a 12.5-1 double.
The 22-year-old who is brother to Classic-winning Flat jockey George had ridden only one winner so far this season, which was achieved way back in May, but you would never have guessed that based on the confident rides he gave the Caroline Beresford-Wylie-owned homebreds.
Both horses are trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and his assistant, Grand National-winning rider Carl Llewellyn, was full of praise for Baker following I Am Colin's win in the feature Ginger McCain Memorial handicap chase.
"We thought they were going to go very quick, too quick on that ground, so we just told him to take his time," Llewellyn said. "It was a lovely ride, he was very patient. He's been with us for a few months now and is a lovely rider."
George Baker will surely be delighted for his brother but may not be too pleased about his quip to the press.
"I'm his full brother. Can you not tell by my size...or my nose", joked the long-limbed Zac Baker as he strode back to the weighing room.
Legend bypasses Thistlecrack
Lucy Wadham's Potters Legend found plenty under pressure to repel the challenge of Never Equalled and win the 2m4½f novices' chase.
"He was entered in the same race as Thistlecrack but we thought that might be a bit too much for him!" said owner-breeder Fred May.
His wife June added: "Potters Legend is gorgeous. It's so lovely when you breed them yourself. We like to breed them – we don't buy success, we try and make success.
"It's more exciting but then you worry more about them more – he's one of our boys."
Daly's colourful characters
There was drama before and during the 2m7f handicap hurdle, with the pre-race proceedings and in-race action dominated by runners from the Henry Daly yard.
The enigmatic Go West Young Man put on such an energetic display of dancing in the parade ring that his owners may be well advised to enter him in the next series of Britain's Got Talent.
Following a fascinating staredown with Daly, Go West Young Man eventually consented to race and he did so without fault for much of the contest, but, as has often been the case, his response to pressure after the last left something to be desired.
Daly was not too concerned, however, as he had the winner in any case as Nordic Nymph, ridden by the impressive 5lb claimer Stan Sheppard, who made it five wins from her last six starts.
"She is just brilliant, she gallops, wants every yard of three miles and is really game," the trainer said. "What more could you want?
"Stan has had two rides for me and two winners. He thinks it's easy!"
Thought for the day
Plenty of punters will have lost money on Go West Young Man down the years but his antics are fast gaining him cult status and watching him run is always an interesting event.