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Adaay edges out Madness to win

Adaay and Mind Of Madness both appear bound for Royal Ascot after fighting out the finish to the EBF Stallions 4Head Novice Stakes at Yarmouth.

Both juveniles had made a good impression on their respective debuts, with William Haggas-trained Newbury winner Adaay the 5-6 favourite ahead of David Brown's runaway Newmarket scorer Mind Of Madness at 5-4.

The big two predictably dominated proceedings heading towards the last of six furlongs, with Paul Hanagan sending Adaay on and Jamie Spencer sitting in his slipstream aboard Mind Of Madness.

Brown's charge did his best to get on terms as the line approached, but Adaay was always doing enough to keep him at bay and passed the post three-quarters of a length to the good.

Doncaster maiden winner Natural Order was a little over three lengths further back in third.

RaceBets reacted by cutting Adaay to 6-1 from 10-1 for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, making him second favourite behind Aidan O'Brien's The Great War (100-30).

Haggas said: "It was a bit of a messy race and he got no cover, but he did the job nicely, which is what we wanted.

"I gather Paul was happy with him so hopefully he'll be heading to Royal Ascot now.

"Sheikh Hamdan looks to have a nice bunch of two-year-olds this year so there'll be some dividing up to do, but I would imagine he will go for the Coventry."

Mind Of Madness is out to 10-1 (from 9-1) with the same firm for the Coventry, but Brown suggested his charge is likely to come back in trip for the Norfolk Stakes instead.

Brown said: "He ran a good race, but my gut feeling is he wants to come back to five furlongs.

"He was a bit keen early and they weren't going fast enough for him, so in that respect the race hasn't suited him.

"I'm not sure he handled the track either, he seemed to be a bit uneven on it.

"My initial feeling is he should go for the Norfolk at Royal Ascot, but I would imagine he'll have an entry in the Coventry as well."