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Number Theory continued his love affair with Haydock to give Leicestershire trainer John Holt his biggest ever success in the bet365 Old Newton Cup.
The four-year-old (8-1), owned by Sri Lankan-born Mohan Fonseka, has now won four races, all of which have come at the Merseyside course.
Taking over from long-time leader Tepmokea two furlongs out in the hands of Russ Kennemore, who put up 1lb overweight, the Halling gelding kept on gamely to win in good style by a neck from Quiz Mistress, who finished well. Tepmokea stuck on for third, a length and a half away.
"We started coming here because the owner's family live round here and it's just snowballed from there," said Holt, who has been training for seven years and has a string of 20 about 10 miles from Leicester racecourse.
"He's just kept improving and Russ gave him a lovely ride. We might have to think about the Ebor now. I think he'll stay the extra two furlongs."
The proud owner, who now lives in Northampton, said: "I never thought he'd win like that. Now he's won three here in a row. I must be very lucky. I told John what type of horse I wanted and he paid 9,000 guineas for him at the Newmarket Sales."