Hello Youmzain (5-1) provided a shock victory in the Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park as the previously unbeaten Calyx disappointed.

John Gosden's Calyx - sent off the 2-13 market leader - had also been the hot favourite for Group One glory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next month. But it is Hello Youmzain who will head to Berkshire track next month with a victory on Merseyside behind him

The Kevin Ryan-trained colt made a mockery of his respective odds and ran out a comfortable three-and-a-quarter length winner of the six-furlong Group Two at Haydock..

After a superb return to action at Ascot at the start of the month, Calyx was hugely disappointing under Rab Havlin and was in trouble after initially coming to challenge two furlogns out.

As leader Royal Intervention gave way, Calyx drifted to his right, but Hello Youmzain - under Kevin Stott - stayed straight and true to land victory.

Connections had tested Hello Youmzain's Classic credentials in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on his first start of the season. But having only finished fourth to Mohaather, they decided to drop back to the six furlongs over which he won a Group Two in France last season.

He proved an inspired move and he is as low as 6-1 for the Commonwealth Cup and available at 10-1 with William Hill.

Calyx, by contrast, is out to the same 6-1 with Paddy Power.

But for Hello Youmzain, the Royal meeting it the next logical step.

Adam Ryan, son and assistant to Hello Youmzain's trainer, said: "At the end of the day, we can't be afraid of one horse. It would be too soon to write (Calyx) off - but we're just delighted with ours.

"We had to try the Greenham, to see if he stayed - you only get one crack at these Classics. It was pretty clear he didn't (stay), so this was the next logical step.

"He's won two Group Twos now - all he's going to do is keep improving. He's been like that since day one - the more racing he gets, the more he's going to mature. We hope there's plenty to come.

"He's still learning the game. He's in that (Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot) - it's the logical step.

"Let's enjoy today, we'll have a chat with the owners and everyone involved."

He added: "We're lucky to have an owner like Mr Jaber Abdullah, and I'm delighted for (jockey) Kevin (Stott) as well, he puts a lot of hard work in.

"For a young lad to get on a nice horse, that's important as well."

Beatboxer (centre), ridden by Robert Havlin, wins the Amix Silver Bowl Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday, May 25 2019 Picture by Martin Rickett/PA
Beatboxer (centre), ridden by Robert Havlin, wins the Amix Silver Bowl Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday, May 25 2019 Picture by Martin Rickett/PA

Another Gosden-trained horse who will head to Royal Ascot is Beatboxer (20-1) after a victory at Haydock in the Amix Silver Bowl Stakes.

The three-year-old, who won his first two juvenile starts, had been out of form on his final start as a two-year-old and when last of four on his return at Newmarket.

But he bounced back to show that early promise wasn't false to land the mile handicap which has been a good stepping stone down the years for the Britannia Handicap at the Royal meeting.

And Beatboxer was introduced at 12-1 by Paddy Power for the Britannia and it looks like he will bid to become the first Silver Bowl winner to double up in Berkshire since Sagramor in 2011.

In what was a messy and rough race with scrimmaging and bumping in the early parts of the mile contest, Beatboxer was kept away from it in the rear by jockey Rab Navlin.

But he came through on the outside to land a neck success from Munhamek (9-1) with Victory Command (25-1) a further two lengths back in third.

The trainer's son and assistant Thady said: "Last year he certainly lost his way and it wasn't too great at Newmarket last time. But he showed a lot of guts today to come from the back and win. It was a pretty rough race but he managed to stay out the way of it. I am very pleased.

"He took his time and he has improved a lot the last few weeks. We could maybe go for the Britannia. We will see where we want to go. But that (the Britannia) wouldn't be the worse idea."

Lucky Deal, ridden by Liverpool jockey Franny Norton, wins the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday, May 25 2019 Picture by Martin Rickett/PA
Lucky Deal, ridden by Liverpool jockey Franny Norton, wins the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap Stakes at Haydock Park Racecourse on Saturday, May 25 2019 Picture by Martin Rickett/PA

Scouse jockey Franny Norton won the opener at Haydock, the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap Stakes, in cosy style coming from last to first aboard the Mark Johnston-trained Lucky Deal (4-1).

Having been well backed during the morning and being sent off second favourite, initially he was stone last in the two-mile contest.

Lucky Deal had been a good second at Ripon on his seasonal return, before disappointing in soft conditions in the SportPesa Chester Cup last time.

But on the quicker surface at Haydock, he eventually came into the race turning for home.

Under Norton, he picked up well and came with a run down the outside to collar long-time leader and 7-2 favourite Eden Rose before moving clear.

Lucky Deal  quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals and went on to score by a comfortable five lengths from his main market rival. Desert Point (22-1) was a further length back in third.

Lucky Deal - who was giving trainer Johnston a quick across-the-card treble following wins for Cardsharp at York and Elarqam at Goodwood - is now as low as 12-1 but 16-1 with Paddy Power, Betfair and William Hill for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle at the end of the next month.

And Liverpool-born jockey Norton said: "He is a nice horse. He is notoriously slow on his feet. He took a long time to warm up. But once I turned in I thought, 'I've got these' because he come good. He just went about his business in solid fashion."