Cosmic Law ran out a dominant winner of the Investec Woodcote EBF Stakes at Epsom.
Fifth on his Doncaster debut in early May, Richard Fahey’s colt opened his account at Carlisle on his second start and was a 10-1 shot for the opening race of the Investec Derby Festival under PJ McDonald.
Marie’s Diamond set out to make all the running as the 2-1 favourite, but Cosmic Law was always his tail and after hitting the front racing inside the final two furlongs, the son of Nay Never Never powered clear for a most impressive six-length success.
Marie’s Diamond weakened out of contention, with Usain Boat coming through to finish second.
Fahey was quick to nominate the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot as a target for the winner.
He said: “I was very impressed with that and I actually fancied him coming down today. He seems to be quite a nice horse.
“I thought the six would suit him and I didn’t think the ground would bother him. He’s quite a laid-back horse and he’s getting better. He’s a star and a gent of a horse at home who was always going to improve with racing, like some do.
“I’ll speak to the owner, but that (Coventry Stakes) is what I had in mind before today.”
Medburn Dream claimed his second Epsom success in the Investec Click & Invest Mile Handicap.
It is over two years since the five-year-old struck gold at the course and distance, but he returned in fine form after winning for the first time since joining Peter Hedger on his seasonal reappearance at Windsor.
Ridden by Franny Norton, Medburn Dream was asked to go about his business with over two furlongs still to race and although he hung right up the camber late on, the 5-1 winner passed the post a length and a quarter ahead of Mythical Madness.
The stewards had a look into the closing stages at a subsequent inquiry, but the placings remained unaltered.
Hedger said: “I literally had him for 10 days last season and he ran once at Newmarket. He was gelded through the winter and I said I’d have him back as long as he was gelded as he was still a bit cheeky.
“I would think that’s a career-best. He did well in the winter and after being gelded we brought him along slowly. I wanted to run him before Windsor, but everything didn’t go to plan.
“He went to Windsor on good to firm and didn’t really like it, but still won. This was the next option.
“I said to a lot of people that I really fancied him today and I didn’t want egg on my face. He always hangs to the right and at Windsor he has the rail to help him.
“We said if he won again we might go to Goodwood for the big mile handicap.”
Ajman King completed a four-timer with a facile success in the Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap.
Having rounded off last season with victories at Epsom and Doncaster, Roger Varian’s charge made a winning return at this track in April and was a heavily-backed 5-4 favourite to add to his tally.
Andrea Atzeni’s mount was briefly short of room when he first launched his challenge in the straight, but rapidly found top gear once in the clear and was good value for the winning margin of two and three-quarter lengths.
Brorocco was best of the rest in second.
Varian said: “I was nervous watching it, but he did it well in the end. You’re always nervous when they are short-priced in a competitive handicap. It was tacky ground and you need luck in running.
“I think he likes give in the ground, but I don’t know where he’ll go next. We’ll see what the handicapper does, there’s lots of nice races for him, but he needs time between his races.”
Shared Equity took the concluding Investec Zebra Handicap to give North Yorkshire trainer Jedd O’Keeffe a first Epsom winner.
He said of his 9-1 scorer: “It all went according to plan, first class.
“The slower the ground, the better for him really. I’ve got to work out now whether he merits an entry in the big six-furlong races like the Ayr Gold Cup. It would have to be proper soft.”