Richard Hannon’s 2000 Guineas runner-up King returned to Acquire Against the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes at Sandown.
While many would have been enticed to hit while the iron was hot with King Of Change (11-4), who was shipped off at 66-1 for its Classic, Hannon took the patient strategy.
He was keen to provide lots of time to Farhh’s son to get those exertions after such a career best and his choice had been honored as Sean Levey looked confident, pushing him out to conquer favorite Turgenev.
King is entered on Champions Day at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and was cut from 20s to 12-1 from Paddy Power.
“We’re pleased, he has been working very well and it is nice to see that he run into a huge race,” said Hannon.
“He will have had that, he has been off a while so that it was gratifying.
“He has several nice entries and they’re all possibilities right now. He’ll appreciate a little give in the ground and next year will probably be his season.
“We’ve a fresh horse to head into the autumn with. It was nice for him to demonstrate that the Guineas moment wasn’t a fluke.”
Palace Pier remained unbeaten, as his chances of 1-8 suggested he needs to, Of Choice Novice Stakes at the Max Patel Wealth Manager.
Frankie Dettori wished to keep things easy on John Gosden’s colt and Palace Pier pulled four and a half lengths clear, while Mars Landing briefly threatened to make a rush of it.
Dettori told Racing TV:”He had been playful today. I had to produce the running and he was messing around at the stalls and he had been looking at everything, but that was why we brought him for experience.
“We did not wish to throw in at the deep end yet, but he’s learnt a little more now and he can be better next time.
“He’s a good horse at the moment, but when he’s special, I do not understand yet. Everything is in the right location, but he’s still a work in progress.”
Dettori and Gosden later made it a treble when reliving Rhythms (5-2 favourite) got going late to win against at the Stelrad Radiator Group Fillies’ Handicap and Sucellus (100-30) was a narrow winner of this Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap.
Oisin Murphy spoke highly of Via De Vega afterwards he made a winning debut from the Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Via De Vega started to fly on meeting the rising ground, although Secondly looked the best Andrew Balding’s newcomer could expect for as Never Alone kicked apparent.
The 14-1 shot poked to win by a head and was gaining with every stride.
“The boss actually liked him at home. I hadn’t stumbled on him today, but it had been about a wonderful education so it’s brilliant that he was great enough to win,” explained Murphy.
“He jumped out a bit slow and I was only hoping to teach him. At the bottom of the right, I didn’t feel I could acquire so I had been doing my best, however I was not likely to offer him a tough time.
“He picked up very well all of the way to the line and I suppose it was an eyecatching performance. I am very excited about him. These are the horses that force you to escape bed in the daytime ”