Gwafa gives Webber an early boost

Mollington trainer Paul Webber saw Gwafa win at Haydock
Mollington trainer Paul Webber saw Gwafa win at Haydock

Gwafa gave Mollington trainer Paul Webber much to look forward to this season when landing the big race at Haydock Park on Saturday.

The exciting five-year-old won the Grade 3 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Richie McLernon.

It was some compensation for the Cropredy Lawn handler who had seen Gwafa unseat McLernon when hampered at Aintree last month.

Gwafa had previously won at Huntingdon and Fakenham for Webber.

Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon saw Orby’s Man win at Towcester on Monday.

The seven-year-old won the Opus Energy Handicap Chase with Aidan Coleman the successful jockey.

Orby’s Man has come back from the brink as last year he survived an operation to remove 8ft of intestine from his stomach. But he looked a healthy animal as he bounded to a six lengths victory on Monday from Brook for owner Tyrone Hanlon.

Orby’s success came on the back of No No Mac’s victory at Market Rasen on Friday, making it four winners for the new campaign already.

The seven-year-old won the Racing UK Handicap Chase, again ridden by Coleman.

Edgcote trainer Ben Case sent out Crookstown to win at Wincanton on Thursday.

The nine-year-old won the Apollobet Confined Handicap Hurdle in the hands of champion jockey Richard Johnson.