Henry Brooke’s return from serious injury gained terrific momentum as Definitly Red stormed to victory in the Grade 3 188bet Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby.
Yala Enki and Seventh Sky disputed the early lead with the grey Actinpieces, with Henri Parry Morgan in fourth and then Wakanda, as the field passed the stands for the first time.
Our Kaempfer was an early casualty down the back straight, blundering badly and giving Richie McLernon no chance.
With a circuit completed, Actinpieces the grey held a narrow lead from a bunched pack, with Yala Enki prominented and then Wakanda, Henri Parry Mogan, Seventh Sky and Definitly Red and that was the order as the field set off with a circuit to race.
Yala Enki the recent Tommy Whittle Chase winner, moved into the lead from Wakanda and Actinpieces, as the field took the twelfth, where Seventh Sky fell.
Up front, Yala Enki took six out ahead of Wakanda, Definitly Red and Henri Parry Morgan, but Henri Parry Morgan unseated five from home.
Wakanda led out of the back straight from Definitly Red, with Yala Enki under strong pressure and dropping back, as Blaklion stayed on, these four clear of the remainder.
Defniitly Red edged into the lead four out, with Wakanda under pressure, while Blaklion was under pressure back in third.
Definitly Red surged clear and took two out with an increasing advantage over Wakanda.
The Brian Ellison runner took the last well and Henry Brooke drove him out for an impressive win from Wakanda and Blaklion, who were clear of Yala Enki.
The 7 year old had finished 8 lengths second to Blaklion in the Towton Novices’ Chase at this track back at the start of the year.