Clyne is set to step up in class for the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on January 21 following his victory in the Merseyside fog on Saturday.

Heavy fog afflicted the track for much of the afternoon and visibility was at its worst for the concluding Handicap Hurdle.

It was only after the horses returned to the enclosures that the judge was able to announce that Clyne had landed the spoils.

The six-year-old, who carried top-weight under Adam Wedge, was declared the winner over Le Rocher, but no distances were recorded, nor any official finishing time.

It was Clyne’s fourth win in a row and second of the season at Haydock.

Trainer Evan Williams is keen t o exploit the six-year-old’s liking for the track and feels the Champion Hurdle Trial is an ideal opportunity.

“It was a strange old race in the fog, but he’s still carried a big weight to beat some decent horses, so we’re delighted,” said the Llancarfan handler.

“He’ll go for the Champion Hurdle Trial up there. He loves the track and that ground.

“I’d say handicaps are out now, so we’ll run him the Champion Hurdle Trial.”