Desert Skyline showed his staying power as he charged home to land the Group 2 Doncaster Cup.
David Elsworth’s three-year-old is not eligible to run in Saturday’s William Hill St Leger as he is gelded, so he instead took on his elders and emerged triumphant.
Last year’s winner Sheikhzayedroad hit the front two furlongs out but Thomas Hobson and Clever Cookie were following behind.
However, Silvestre De Sousa and Desert Skyline (2-1f) swooped late to claim top honours and foil Ryan Moore and Thomas Hobson (4-1). Sheikhzayedroad (5-1) was third.
Elsworth said: “I was pleased with him because he’s only a three-year-old and he’s got a weight concession. But it’s tough out there. People don’t realise.
“It’s not like driving a car round the M25 where you just pull out and go! It looked like that but they’ve got to dig deep and work hard. For a horse that is still immature, he’s tough and went by them well.
“I’m really pleased with him.”
Thomas Hobson bounced back to form coming home second after a disappointing run at York last time.
Owner Rich Ricci said: “He ran very well there. It was always going to be tough giving Desert Skyline weight.
“I don’t know about Melbourne. I’ll talk to Ryan and Willie. He qualifies now but we’ll have to see as we have Max Dynamite coming out in the next couple of weeks.
“It’s a big punt Melbourne. It’s expensive and you want to make sure you go there with a fighting chance so I don’t know but he certainly ran well and better than the last day.”
William Hill cut Desert Skyline to 8-1 (from 20-1) for the QIPCO Long distance Cup. Thomas Hobson remains unchanged at 16-1 for the Melbourne Cup.