No luck for Haydock punters

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Luck was no lady to big-race favourite backers at Haydock Park yesterday, writes Ian Davies.

Punters who backed the market leader Shemozzle in the Lancashire Oaks were on reasonably good terms with themselves as the field turned for home in the mile and a half contest, for the filly was travelling smoothly in behind the leaders. However, her rider Pat Eddery had to sit and suffer as he waited for a gap to appear which never materialised. Shemozzle never got into the race and can be counted a most unlucky loser, certainly much better than her fourth place behind Spout would suggest.

The punters' woes were compounded in the Old Newton Cup. Willie Carson turned for home in a fairly hopeless position behind the front-running Royal Scimitar and Key To My Heart, but made up an incredible amount of ground in the last two furlongs to be beaten just over two lengths into third place.

At Beverley,French Ivy booked his ticket to Glorious Goodwood by returning to form in the Peter Adamson Handicap. The nine-year-old was produced on the rails by Tyrone Williams to win by three lengths from Hullbank. "He got a bit of a leg running over hurdles last season so we have taken our time with him," said his trainer Ferdy Murphy.

Henry Cecil's Papaha duly landed odds of 1-16, sauntering home five lengths clear of the opposition in the Millers Mile Maiden Stakes.

Isit Izzy, who finished second, was demoted to fourth place after a stewards' inquiry and the apprentice jockey Kim Yu from Hong Kong was suspended for four days (15 to 18 July) for irresponsible riding.

Ron's Revenge, enterprisingly ridden by Gary Bardwell, made all and held on by a neck from Clonavon Girl in the opening Paul Teague and Donna Larsen Selling Stakes.