The improving Adaay mastered his old nemesis Limato with a withering run to land the Group 2 888sport Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park this afternoon.

Mattmu broke quickly and charged down the centre of the track with Glenalmond and Markaz in close proximity and tracked by Beacon.

Mattmu travelled well from the front and heading to the 2 furlong pole was challenged by Beacon, while Limato moved into contention on the far side.

In the final furlong Adaay burst through and despite drifting to his left across the course, had plenty in hand as Limato lost his unbeaten record, with New Providence a close-up third.

Adaay was following up his recent Newbury success in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes and was giving Paul Hanagan a treble for the day. This performance saw him reverse two previous defeats at the hands of Limato and suggests that the William Haggas colt is improving with Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup a likely next target.