Clon Coulis returned to winning ways when appearing to thrive for the step up in trip in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract.
Unraced at two, the David Barron-trained filly won two of her three starts last year and looked to have a very bright future.
It had not gone to plan this season, however, as she failed to make the frame in Listed races at Nottingham, Haydock and Chelmsford most recently.
Dropped out early on by Ben Curtis, she fairly flew home down the middle of the track on this occasion to beat Godolphin’s Promising Run by two and three-quarter lengths, although she was in receipt of 7lb from the second.
Barron said of the 11-1 winner: “She’s been slow to come to hand this year, but we’ve always thought an awful lot about her.
“We didn’t think she’d get a mile because she has an awful lot of pace, but after a couple of runs this season I felt we had to change things. She was running well, but we decided to up her in trip and it paid off.
“It was the plan to drop her out as she’s a filly who likes to travel, you have to ride her for luck.
“There should be more to come and now she gets a mile, she’s got more options. We can look for something a little better.”
Another stepping up in trip was Roger Charlton’s Herculean, who was made to work harder than odds of 1-6 suggested he might in the Ben And Mary Hibbert Memorial Novice Stakes.
Having lost his unbeaten record last time out, the giant Frankel colt out of Group One winner African Rose still looked very green.
Andrea Atzeni had to get pretty serious to fend off the challenge of Recordman by half a length.
Charlton’s son and assistant, Tom, told Racing UK: “It’s been frustrating with him because of the ground, but he’s been so fresh and well we just wanted to get him out.
“We thought Pontefract would be a track which would suit him with an uphill finish and they’ve watered well, which has shown in the times today.
“In the spring we knew he was immature and backward, it’s taken time and with patience hopefully he’ll still be a nice horse.
“With patient owners like Juddmonte you can go through the ranks, it will be a handicap next time. I think next year he’ll come into his own.”
Ower Fly (10-1) dumped P J McDonald on the way to the start, but did not run loose for long and was given the all-clear to race by the vets before winning the King Richard III Handicap by three lengths.
Ruth Carr’s charge was obviously fresh and well and could be back out at Hamilton next week under a penalty.
McDonald had earlier won on Mark Johnston’s Octave in the Dianne Nursery Handicap, with the 8-13 favourite finding life easier than she did in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.