Arakhan has had 802 days off the track but he returned with a winning debut over hurdles at Aintree. He was held up towards the rear of the field by jockey Brian Hughes. He grew in confidence but he had a lot of ground to make up on the turn for home. He switched left and when Brian asked him for an effort he took off. He was level going over the last and pulled clear to win by eight-lengths. It was great for the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club to have a winner over the jumps.