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Last Updated: 08/09/12 5:31pm
Sir Graham Wade (left) swoops to catch Tropical Beat
Sir Graham Wade landed a massive gamble in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Old Borough Cup at Haydock Park.
Mark Johnston's gelding had been as big as 11-1 in the morning, but with his jockey Kieren Fallon successful in the Sprint Cup some thirty-five minutes earlier, the punters at the Merseyside track took the hint and forced his price into 7-2 favourite from an opening show of 11-2.
Followers of the punt had Kieren Fallon to thank as he somehow managed to pluck the race in spite of peril all around. Switching inside, he found his run blocked but the former champion managed to extricate himself again to the outside and saw off Tropical Beat in the shadows of the post despite losing his whip.
The pair were clear of Itlaaq in third, whilst Blue Bajan, who had won the Swinton Hurdle at the course a couple of years previously under Graham Lee, was an unlucky-in-running fourth.
Trainer Mark Johnston's wife, Deirdre, said: "Kieren just couldn't find a gap and had to do it the hard way and fortunately he managed to get up on the line.
"I don't know what we will do with him next. He's a big horse and we'll just take it one step at a time.''