Timber Treasure takes Haydock victory

Rookie trainer Paul Green realised an ambition as Franny Norton brought Timber Treasure home in front in the Gallagher Ltd at Haydock Park today.

The 100-30 favourite travelled well for Norton and striking the front just over a furlong out, he strode away to pass the post with three and a half lengths to spare over Steel Blue.

Green is based "15 minutes away" at Lydiate near Aintree and the win was a triumph for Liverpool as he, Norton and owner Gary Williams are all Merseysiders.

Green took out a licence last year and enthused: "That's great, it is my first winner at my local Flat course and it could not have worked out better for Gary as well because Timber Treasure is his first ever winner.

"Timber Treasure was bought out of the Henry Cecil stable and is a bit quirky, but Franny gave him a brilliant ride and hopefully there is a bit more to come from him."

Green went on: "We have 28 horses in at present and this is our 12th winner in all, including six last season."

There was another local success when the Ian Williams-trained Bull Market (4-1) ran out a very game winner under a good ride from Stephen Donohoe in the E C Harris Wateraid Handicap.

Williams said: "Bull Market is owned by Dr Marwan Koukash, who lives only five minutes from here, and he loves to have runners at Haydock and at Chester.

"Missus Christie was claimed for him earlier in the afternoon."

Missus Christie (14-1) had run out a convincing winner of the Supply UK Hire Shops Maiden Claiming Stakes in the hands of Daragh O'Donohoe.

She was saddled by Nigel Tinkler and ran in the colours of Janis and Kenneth Macpherson but was claimed by Williams for £8,000.

Pat Cosgrave rode his first winner for the Luca Cumani stable when Muhajaar justified 13-8 favouritism in decisive fashion in the Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Maiden Stakes.

Muhajaar was having his third run and sent to the front about a furlong and a half from home, ran very green but kept on well in the closing stages.

Cosgrave said: "When I moved back to Newmarket I started riding out for Luca and go in there a couple of days a week.

"I have had about six rides for him this season so it is nice to ride a winner for him and it is my first winner for Mr (Jaber) Abdullah too."

Willie Supple is now based back in his native Ireland but having travelled over to Scotland and rode Novellen Lad to victory at Musselburgh three weeks ago, the same horse made another trip across the Irish Sea pay off for him when landing the EBF Wateraid Handicap.

The 8-1 chance was brought with a sustained run to lead well inside the final furlong and then hold the late flourish of Rubirosa by a head.

Winning trainer Eric Alston said: "He was bred by his owner Con Harrington. He also bred his brother Ellens Academy who has won 11 races for us."

Roger Charlton has a good record at the course and he struck with his only runner at the meeting when Farley Star (6-1) showed the way home in the DHL Exel Handicap under Fergus Sweeney.

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