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Sixth sense for pair of Bermuda horses

Johnny Barnes finished sixth at Haydock

Johnny Barnes and Horseshoe Bay both finished sixth in their respective races in England last weekend.

The pair of Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing horses had both visited the winners’ enclosure in their previous outings but were unable to recapture that type of form.

Johnny Barnes was soon outpaced and never threatened the front-runners in the 32Red Gold Cup at Haydock, with Donjuan Triumphant claiming a last-gasp victory after beating second-place Stake Acclaim by a short head.

The contest was a late addition to the programme on Merseyside, replacing the prestigious Ayr Gold Cup, which was abandoned the previous weekend because of a waterlogged track in Scotland.

Horseshoe Bay, who has made the switch from flat racing to National Hunt, competed at the Eventsi Marque Hire Novices’ Hurdle at Worcester — a race won by Treakle Tart.

In Horseshoe Bay’s previous race in August, he won the Bet toteplace At betfred.com Maiden Hurdle at Worcester.

It was Horseshoe Bay’s race for almost 800 days because of a career-threatening tendon injury.