Rainbow Rebel gave Mark Johnston a third success in the last six years in the bet365 Old Newton Cup with a battling display in Haydock’s prestigious handicap.
The Middleham handler, successful with Star Lahib in 2013 and Notarised in 2015, saddled four runners in this competitive event and managed to land the lion’s share of the pot.
The stable showed they were in good form when Making Miracles and Austrian School gave Johnston a one-two in the opening bet365 Handicap.
Rainbow Rebel (12-1) continued the run by coming out on top after a prolonged tussle with Crowned Eagle after Atkinson Grimshaw had set a strong early pace.
Jockey Joe Fanning got Rainbow Rebel home by a neck from Crowned Eagle (10-1) with Atty Persse (8-1) two and three-quarter lengths away in third and the well-backed 3-1 favourite Teodoro fourth.
Fanning told Racing UK: “He’s done nothing wrong this year. He’s not over big, but he’s tough.
“It was a proper gallop. I know he has won from the front, but I find he is better with a lead. He did it well.
“This weather is great for our horses. They love it. Hopefully it continues.”