Paul Cole saw his decision to reach for the blinkers on Duke Of Hazzard vindicated with victory in the Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket.
After finishing fifth in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on his previous start, the son of Lope De Vega appeared to appreciate the step back up to a mile in the Listed event.
Racing in midfield in for much of the race, the 10-1 shot found top gear meeting the rising ground, before going on inside the final furlong to score by two and a half lengths.
Cole said: “In every single race he has had this year, you think he is going to win a couple of furlongs out and he has just stayed on rather than do anything. Sometimes horses get a bit over relaxed. I think the blinkers just helped him as he is not ungenuine.
“He has had little things go against him, but he has run some cracking races and the blinkers just polished him off. He is tough and has everything you want.
“He is entered in the Lennox Stakes, but he will probably go for Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes over a mile at Goodwood.”
Paul D’Arcy appears to have found an immediate replacement for recently-retired stable star Spring Loaded after Pass The Vino (25-1) gained his first win on turf when getting up by a short head in the bet365 Handicap.
The Newmarket handler said: “The owners (Rowley Racing) own this horse and Spring Loaded and we had to retire him after he had a hole in a suspensory after the Wokingham. It is nice for them to have another good horse.
“One of the owners backed him at 33-1 this morning and I said he would win. I saved him for this race as there are very few three-year-old handicaps this valuable, and off a mark of 85 I knew he would get in. The rest is history.”
Miss Lucy left her defeats at Carlisle and Catterick behind when getting the better of Daily Times by three-quarters of a length in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Karl Burke said of the 20-1 winner: “Lucy, my daughter, rides her every day and she was adamant she was back to her best and she didn’t lose faith after her Catterick defeat.
“If I’m totally honest, we were bringing the colt down (Classy Moon) and there are not many fillies’ maidens in the north at the moment, so we threw her in and gave it a go.
“I think she is capable of getting some black type.”
Charlie Appleby may have been out of luck with last year’s Derby winner Masar in the Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes, but he ended the day on a winning note after Wings Of Time (6-1) claimed the John Deere & Ben Burgess Handicap by a neck.
Appleby said: “I think he is a progressive handicapper. One of the handicaps at Goodwood could be an option for him. He has got a bit of natural pace.”