Following Tony Culhane at Catterick yesterday was not for the faint-hearted, but all's well that ends well and he rewarded his supporters with a 2,676-1 four-timer on Mick Channon's pair Just Say Yes and Befriend, David Chapman's Sharp Hat and the Barry Hills-trained Minderoo.
The first were all involved in desperate finishes, each time the judge having to consult the photo-finish camera before announcing that all three had only a short head to spare – but Minderoo won in relative comfort by a length and a quarter.
Culhane has a splendid record for Channon, and opened his scoring when Just Say Yes, who had led about a furlong out, just held the strong hallenge from Shelini.
Half-an-hour later Sharp Hat got up in the last strides to touch off Be My Tinker in the Dragon Troop Stakes. It was the same story in the following contest, Befriend, who was making her racecourse debut, collaring Spinning Jenni right on the line. Minderoo had rather more to spare, but he needed all Culhane's strength to beat Night Shift Blue's.
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