JOHN WEYMES was on cloud nine at Redcar yesterday when 12-1 shot Crosby Vision won the opening EBF Maiden Stakes.

"He's potentially the best horse I've ever trained," revealed Weymes after his two-year-old had narrowly repelled the late challenges of both Street Warrior and Collateral Damage in a thrilling three-way photo.

"He's done some really nice pieces of work with older horses at home but had to survive a bout of colic before Christmas, when he was on a drip," added the Middleham handler, who moved on to the 13 mark for the season with the success of Crosby Vision.

There was another distinct Middleham feel about the next winner on the card, Prince Of Love, sent out by Weymes' neighbour Jedd O'Keeffe to take the one-mile Pertemps Nursery.

Prince Of Love bears more than a passing resemblance to Fruits Of Love, his illustrious Mark Johnston-trained sire, also famously hailing from the North Yorkshire town and hero of a brace of Royal Ascot victories in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.

O'Keeffe was not on hand to greet the colt back to the winners' enclosure but Prince Of Love's jockey, Mick Fenton, said: "Although running a bit green, he was always going to win from two out."

David Barron's team has been rather hit-and-miss this term, a comment that certainly applied to Silverhay prior to the Playford Ros Handicap.

The sort of inconsistency previously shown by Silverhay is every trainer's nightmare, nevertheless the four-year-old went some way to setting the record straight by coming with a well-timed challenge under Phil Makin to snatch the mile-and-a-quarter contest.

Although there was a lengthy Stewards inquiry to the outcome of the five-furlong Classified Stakes, the local officials allowed Millinsky to keep the race despite being involved in minor scrimmaging with runner-up The Leather Wedge.

Owner Chris Mills chose wisely by putting up his 18-year-old son Robert on Millinsky because it was the latter's 7lbs apprentices' weight claim which made all the difference in a very tight finish.

Chris, a Watford-based butcher, was all smiles when the result of the enquiry was announced.

"It's a long way to come but it'll be easier going home after this," he said.

"Robert needs more opportunities to shine but it's very hard to get him rides."

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