Armed police was the sight that greeted racegoers on arrival for Saturday afternoon's race meeting at Haydock Park.
As with all major sporting events over the weekend, security was a visible presence in the wake of the Manchester bombing atrocity.
On the track Yorkidding came out on top in a thrilling finish to the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap, the first race on the card.
Mark Johnston's mare has been in rude health this season, having gone close in the Chester Cup and a valuable event at Hamilton.
The handicapper will have been pleased with his efforts as there were six in line a furlong out.
Runner-up Suegioo and Paris Protocol were also involved in the photo-finish but Yorkidding (3-1) prevailed by a head and a short head for Richard Kingscote.
Johnston's travelling head lad Jock Bennett said: "She certainly deserves it and it's great for the owner's family as Paul York's brother, Lee, is in hospital so this might give him a lift,"
"Richard said he always felt he was getting there but she took a while to pick up.
"I'd have thought she'll be going to Ascot (Ascot Stakes)."
Kingscote was in the saddle again as he made it a quick-fire double in the Amix Silver Bowl aboard Rusummaat.
Kingscore has been in blistering form over the two days of the Haydock meeting, notching a treble on Friday's card.