Jungle Inthebungle upheld family honour as he took top honours in the Trucking By Brian Yeardley Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes at Beverley.
Mick Channon’s colt is a son of Bungle Inthejungle, who won this race for the same trainer back in 2012, and he emulated his sire as he turned in a game performance in the hands of Charles Bishop.
Victory Command was sent off the 9-4 favourite and seemed keen to set his own pace, heading the field approaching the final two of the five furlongs the 10-strong line-up faced.
However, the distress signals were evident with a furlong to run, as Jungle Inthebungle (8-1) poked his head in front before fending off the renewed thrust of Tin Hat.
He had half a length to spare at the line, with a further length and a half back to Victory Command in third.
Jack Channon, the trainer’s son and assistant, said: “His old man won this a few years ago and it’s great that he’s followed up.
“We gave him a bit of a break after Kempton, when he didn’t quite run his race, but he’s trained great.
“He’s a lovely horse, with a great temperament. He’s just like his old man – tough and hardy – and a great advertisement for the stallion.”
He added: “We might have a look at the Windsor Castle now. It’s on the Saturday this year so it might just fit perfectly now.”
Kodyanna continued the family theme as her late burst proved decisive in the Hilary Needler Trophy.
Her dam Jadanna was successful in the fillies’ five-furlong heat six years ago and Kodyanna was certainly not unfancied as a 4-1 shot for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan.
Deia Glory looked set to produce a 50-1 shock when in control on the run to the line, but Hanagan’s mount found a change of gears on the far rail to pinch the prize by a head, with 25-1 chance Gypsy Spirit in third.
Chica La Habana won the race in the same colours last year and joint-owner Peter Swann, who is also chairman of Scunthorpe United, is also hoping to roll on to Royal Ascot.
He said: “She’s magnificent and will come on a lot for that.
“She was a bit unlucky on her first start as she got hampered, but we knew she was a very talented filly.
“We think there’s a lot more to come from her.
“We like to go to Ascot, so the plan is to hopefully to go to the Queen Mary. It’s a bit tight in terms of time, but if she comes out of it, that’s where we’ll go.”