Change Of Velocity gave weight and a sound beating to his rivals in the Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal.
Trainer Jim Bolger was bidding for a third successive victory in the 100,000 euro feature and the Godolphin-owned Change Of Velocity was a 7-2 shot to follow up his maiden triumph at Gowran earlier this month.
Kevin Manning cut a confident figure in the saddle throughout, settling his mount on the heels of Remmy D and City Ballerina, before easing alongside that pair rounding the home turn.
Change Of Velocity soon kicked for home and while 5-2 favourite Sheberghan followed him through, Bolger’s charge was always doing enough to hold him at bay and passed the post three lengths to the good.
Manning said: “It has been a lucky race for Jim, he always sends a nice type of horse up here and that’s what it takes to win this race.
“He’s a lovely, big horse. We thought he was a smashing horse last year, but he was just a little bit weak and raw. We’ve always liked him.
“Jim said he would see what sort of mark he got after he won his maiden.
“He’s a big horse with plenty of development still to do. He’s going the right way.”
Travelling head lad Ger Flynn said: “Kevin said he travelled really well into the race and was going very well at the top of the hill.
“He probably got there a shade too soon, but the one in front fell away. He was just doing enough at the end.
“He’s a progressive type of horse and he’s a smashing-looking horse.
“Hopefully he’ll try a Listed race next as it takes a Listed-race horse to win this.
“He’s won on good to firm now and the course have done a good job with the ground.”