Yorkidding edges Haydock thriller
Yorkidding came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap at Haydock.
Mark Johnston's mare has been in rude health this season, having gone close in the Chester Cup and a valuable event at Hamilton.
The handicapper will have been pleased with his efforts as there were six in line a furlong out.
Runner-up Suegioo and Paris Protocol were also involved in the photo-finish but Yorkidding (3-1) prevailed by a head and a short head for Richard Kingscote.
Johnston's travelling head lad Jock Bennett said: "She certainly deserves it and it's great for the owner's family as Paul York's brother, Lee, is in hospital so this might give him a lift,"
"Richard said he always felt he was getting there but she took a while to pick up.
"I'd have thought she'll be going to Ascot (Ascot Stakes)."
Johnston and Kingscote quickly made it a double when Rusumaat (11-2) made all the running in the valuable Amix Silver Bowl. Disregarded by Jim Crowley in favour of the unplaced favourite Mustarrid, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt never looked like being caught.
Indian Dandy gave vain chase, but was two and a half lengths away at the line, with Masham Star, a stablemate of the winner, back in third.
Bennett said: "They never looked like getting caught. "He's threatened to win a nice one for a while and he keeps improving.
"We were always to the fore, and when I saw a couple of the fancied ones missed the kick and were towards the rear I fancied our chances from a long way out.
"I'd imagine the Britannia will be on his agenda now."
Trainer David Evans struck at Listed level when Buying Trouble scooted up the rail to win the EBF Stallions Cecil Frail Stakes.
An unlucky-in-running fifth in a similar contest last time out, the split came at the right time when favourite Gravity Flow drifted into the centre of the track, impeding the strong-travelling Spring Fling.
Free of congestion, Buying Trouble (14-1) beat Bounce by half a length, with the same back to Futoon.
Jockey Andrew Mullen said: "She's tough. Dave was keen on her and he was right.
"To be fair she was unlucky the last day and she loved the ground here.
"She deserved to win one of these and that's two I've won on her now."
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