Tanasoq ran out a clear-cut winner of the Investec Corporate Banking “Dash” Handicap at Epsom.
Viewed as the most prestigious five-furlong handicap sprint in Britain, as usual there was a furious early gallop set by three-time winner Caspian Prince, but he had the worst of the draw and gave way earlier than normal.
Harry Hurricane and Just That Lord were left in front, but the gaps came for Jimmy Sullivan and Tanasoq against the rail.
The 12-1 shot, winner of his last two races for Paul Midgley, continued his improvement and quickened clear in a matter of strides, which ended the race as a contest.
Pettochside made great strides late on to claim second, with Just That Lord clinging on for third.
There is usually a hard-luck story in the race and this year it was the fourth home, Blue De Vega, who was denied a run on several occasions.
Midgley said: “Luckily the rain stayed away on Thursday as it is nice ground out there and he’s won well enough.
“He just does what he’s got to do and he’s really professional, with a pretty big engine. We’ve lots of sprinters at home and touch wood, we’re lucky to have a few good ones.
“If you’re lucky enough to have a runner in the Dash it’s pretty special and to win it again is unbelievable. The first time we did it I hadn’t realised what we’d achieved.
“He was always very behind in his coat but this last month his coat has come and he’s blossomed. He’s a happy horse.”
He added: “He’s in the Scottish Sprint Cup next week, but he will have had four quick runs and I don’t want to abuse him as I think he will go on to bigger and better things.”