Adaay ended the unbeaten run of Limato to claim the 888sport Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park.
Mattmu took the field through the early stages on the far side, tracked around three lengths in arrears by Limato, while Markaz was prominent in the middle of the track and Paul Hanagan happily settled Adaay towards the rear.
Veteran sprinter Kingsgate Native showed the young guns the way home in the Listed 888sport Achilles Stakes at Haydock Park.
It is remarkably almost eight years since the gelding clinched Group One glory in the Nunthorpe at York as a juvenile, but he has seemingly lost none of his appetite for the game.
Against all odds we've managed to claw back the -32pt deficit from earlier in the month to even now and I should perhaps batten down the hatches. But sometimes, fortune favours the brave. It is Saturday, there are stacks of cracking contests this after, and hopefully some value to be had on a very busy day in the den.
In big-field sprint handicaps at York the runners tend to race in arrowhead formation down the centre of the track, favouring those drawn in the middle.
Channel 4 Racing are covering no less than 9 excellent Saturday races this weekend, coming from Newmarket, York and Haydock. We’ve cast our eye over all of the contests in question and try to pinpoint the Likeliest Winner and the Dark Horse in the field..