A review of the action from Wednesday's meeting at Beverley
Last Updated: 11/06/14 5:38pm
Eeny Mac continued a long-standing love affair with Beverley after he secured a fifth course victory in the Race Horse Trader "Commission Free" Handicap.
Unheralded Malton trainer Neville Bycroft is now in the twilight of his career, but his simple equation of running horses at the right courses again proved a winning formula.
Connections of the seven-year-old gelding arrived on the Westwood with limited expectations on Eeny Mac's first start for 229 days.
But the 10-1 chance once more demonstrated a fondness for the East Yorkshire circuit with a characteristic front-running display in the hands of jockey Andrew Elliott.
Al Muheer gave chase late on, but it was all in vain as Bycroft's inmate strode a length clear.
Seb Spencer, the trainer's grandson and assistant, said: "He'd not really shown much this year so we didn't really fancy him - it must just be Beverley."
The draining Beverley incline also brings out the best in Carragold, who improbably hit the mark at the track for a fourth time in the Buy Race Horses Online At racehorsetrader.com Handicap.
Mel Brittain's eight-year-old was up against it for a long way, but David Allan's decision to nudge across towards the far rail suddenly emboldened the 8-1 shot, who gained a slight lead at the one-furlong pole.
Tukitinyasok similarly came from off the pace, but he found Carragold half a length too good.
Trainer Bryan Smart also felt going back to basics helped Ichimoku win at 25-1 in division one of the Follow Us On Twitter At RaceHorseTrader Handicap.
Royston Ffrench's companion responded purposefully without a tongue-tie, which he had worn during a fruitless year, to burst a length and a half clear of 7-4 favourite Adiator.
Smart said: "We took everything off him and it has clearly worked.
"This one has always had ability and I'm glad he's shown it again."
Incomparable (9-1) later found the winner's enclosure for the first time since December 2010 in division two.
The nine-year-old chestnut, trained by Scott Dixon, hardly falls into the unexposed bracket, but he did well to win after Pull The Pin was hustled towards the far rail under Shirley Teasdale.
Incomparable ground down that rival inside the final half a furlong to strike by a length and a half for 5lb claimer Matthew Hopkins and owner Paul Dixon, the Retford handler's father.
Decision One finished strongly for second spot, with Pull The Pin eventually out of the frame.
Scott Dixon said: "He ran well up that hill at Hamilton last time and that was a reason we came here as we thought it would suit."
Fairweather Trader fared best from a pretty average bunch in the Race Horse Trader Claiming Stakes.
Paul Midgley's youngster made most of the running under Paul Mulrennan, but had to work hard to deny the unlucky-in-running Just Marion by a neck.
The Westow handler said of the 2-1 scorer: "He's only moderate, but was found the right race."