Nellie Leylax lands 'home' win for Scouse owners in the Silver Bowl at Haydock Park

Nellie Leylax, ridden by Pierre-Louis Jamin, wins rhe Betfred Silver Bowl Handicap Stakes on Betfred Temple Stakes Day at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday, May 25 2024
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Named after some of the owners Scouse nan, Nellie Leylax (9-2 favourite) landed a superb front-running success in the Betfred Silver Bowl Handicap at Haydock Park to book a potential trip to Royal Ascot next month.

The three-year-old, trained by Tom Dascombe, is owned by the Millennial Racing syndicate which includes several members of the Burkert family, who come from Kirkby. And named after their late grandmother, Nellie Leyland, the gelded son of Calyx, was winning at Haydock for a second time. He was sent to the front by jockey Pierre-Louis Jamin, who was partnering him to a fifth success from just seven rides, and they dominated the mile contest. Nellie Leylax looked the winner from the a long way out. They went clear two furlongs from home and easily scored by a length-and-a-half from Involvement (7-1) with Apiarist (22-1) four lengths back in third.

The Silver Bowl has been a stepping stone to Royal Ascot for many horses down the years. And connections could look at a crack at the Britannia Stakes in Berkshire next month – although with Nellie Leylax relishing the softer conditions, the owners suggested they may bypass the Royal meeting and head to another of their local tracks, Chester, in July next.

Several of the Burkert family, who own Nellie Leylax, raucously cheered home their pride and joy from the stands. And Kirkby-based Scott Burkett said: "It is unbelievable. It is just an incredible (win). The back story to it is just magic. It is unreal. We got involved with this as a bit of a laugh, a bit of fun with the family and other people and it has just gone bang. He has won £110,000 in a year. You just can't write it. It is what dreams are made of. Pierre, who rides him, has been great with us. Arthur (Owen, trainer Dascombe's assistant) is a good mate of ours and thank God he got us involved and then obviously Tom (Dascombe) and you can't ask for anymore."

On the name of their horse, the Liverpool FC fan added: "Me, Gary and Ian who are here today and Stephen and Craig, who is not here, our nan's name is Nellie Leyland and although me nan has passed away many years ago, the family just love racing. And we always said if we ever get a chance of having a horse we will try and call it after me nan. We never thought nothing of it. And when we got inbvolved with Arthur we got a chance to put a name forward so. With it being a Calyx horse, and my nan being Nellie Leyland, we thought Nellie Leylax and we would keep a bit of that theme to it. We have lost three uncles and an auntie over the last few years. But there is still my uncle Ronnie and five of the girls still alive so that is for of them here and up there."

Dascombe's assistant Owen indicated the Britannia at Royal Ascot could be an option if the ground is soft enough.

And winning jockey Jamin said: "The only time I've been beaten on him was when the ground wasn't soft enough for him. He's been a great horse for the owners, the first horse they ever bought and he was impressive today, it was perfect conditions for him though. There might be more to come, definitely on softer ground. Tom's been great to me for the past couple of years, we had a good winner at Chester and it's nice to get another big one."