The application of blinkers and a change of tactics helped Yucatan open his account for the season in the Finlay Volvo International Stakes at the Curragh.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old has plenty to live up to on breeding as a son of Galileo out of the top-class racemare Six Perfections, but managed just one win from 10 previous starts.
He had failed to beat a rival home in either the Coronation Cup at Epsom or the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot, but showed his true colours in this 10-furlong Group Three.
Ryan Moore sent the 2-1 favourite straight to the lead and though he was under pressure early in the home straight, Yucatan admirably stuck to his guns to see off Stellar Mass by a length.
O’Brien said: “He was just a bit slow away in Ascot he never really got going. You’d be delighted with that.
“We’ll look for another Group Three for him. He might get a mile and a half. No doubt he likes a bit of nice ground as he’s a very good mover.
“Ryan was happy with him, he just said he’s very lazy. The blinkers seemed to help him there. In Ascot he had cheekpieces so I’d say the blinkers were probably a help to him.”