Dramatic dead heat at Ripon as judges can't split front pair despite lengthy photo finish

THERE was Bank Holiday drama at Ripon as the judges couldn't split the front pair of the opening novice.

After a lengthy look at the photo finish, the judges announced a dead heat between Maybe Even Never and Sunday Justice.

For much of the straight it was Sunday Justice who was in control on the front-end.

But as the line neared Maybe Even Never and jockey Phil Dennis found one last push roared on by the capacity crowd.

It was enough to force a photo and in the end a joint-win for David Barron's team.

It kept up the red-hot form of the Nigel Tinkler yard, too – fresh off a 65,000-1 four-timer across Saturday's action.

Speaking afterwards Tinkler said: "I thought we'd definitely won until the last stride. The other had his head down and we had our head up, so I could tell it was very close.

"It was no surprise when the dead-heat was called and it was a good performance from both horses.

"He missed the break a bit and got there a bit sooner than the jockey would have liked, but he's a nice horse and has done that well under a penalty.

"We're just concentrating on what's next. The last few days have been good but we're flat out every day at the moment."

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The main dish of the day was won by a resurgent Flotus who set up a potential big-race target before the season is out with a comprehensive victory in the Two-Year-Old Trophy.

Simon and Ed Crisford's youngster won handsomely under Silvestre De Sousa by close to five lengths and was trimmed into 8-1 for the Group 1 Cheveley Park at Newmarket.

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