Mia Tesoro lunged late to claim top honours in the British Stallion Studs EBF Nottinghamshire Oaks.
Trainer Charlie Fellowes had come close to big-race on honours on a couple of occasions over the weekend, with Prince Of Arran third in Friday’s Belmont Gold Cup in New York and Crimson Rosette a narrowly beaten second in the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
Having come home creditable fourth when a 66-1 shot for the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket last month, Mia Tesoro was 6-1 for this Listed race assignment and finished strongly under Stevie Donohoe to get up and beat Titi Makfi by half a length.
Fellowes said: “It’s been an unbelievable weekend and so much credit has to go to the team at home.
“It’s fantastic to see this filly get her head in front. She ran a screamer in the Dahlia and to get some big black type with her is brilliant, especially for her owner-breeder.
“She has improved out of all sight. I didn’t think she’d win a Listed race, but she has the most wonderful attitude and she’s a pleasure to train.”
He added: “In many ways that is job done, but there’s a Group Three at Newcastle (Hoppings Stakes, June 29) that would suit her if she recovers in time.
“I wouldn’t rule out stepping her up in trip at some stage as it looked like she needed every yard of the mile and a quarter.”
Shine So Bright could be bound for Royal Ascot after making a winning debut for Karl Burke in the opening five-furlong maiden.
Capably ridden by 3lb claimer Clifford Lee, the grey son of Oasis Dream readily pulled two and a quarter lengths clear of Implicit.
Paddy Power gave the youngster an introductory quote of 33-1 for the Coventry Stakes.
Burke told Racing UK: “He’s shown us plenty at home. My only doubt was running him over five furlongs rather than six as he’s got a stamina-laden pedigree on the dam’s side.
“He’s not slow and he’s been very professional since day one.
“If he comes out of the race well we’ll look towards Royal Ascot. The owners will be keen to go.
“The six-furlong race (Coventry Stakes) is probably the race for him but it will probably be the toughest race, too.
“He’s a pleasure to be around and I do think he’s a potential Group-race two-year-old.”